Air Force leaned on the troika of Ismail Fauzi, Jeffrey Malabanan and Rodolfo Labrador as it rammed over a hapless Bounty Fresh, 25-20, 25-17, 25-17, yesterday to remain at third in the Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Fauzi blasted in 11 attack points and finished with 13 hits while Malabanan and Labrador unloaded 12 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Jet Spikers, who bolstered their semifinal drive in the league backed by Mikasa and Accel with a 2-3 mark.
The victory also more than made up for Air Force’s stinging 16-25, 19-25, 25-15, 16-25 defeat to Cignal, which took the first semis berth with three straight wins.
Insitituto Estetico Manila is a cinch to nail the other semis sea with a 2-0 slate.
Air Force coach Rhovyl Verayo said he likes the individual talent of the team.
“I love the talent of this team, I just want it to see them play as a unit though,” said Verayo.
Howard Mojica, the NCAA and the league’s Reinforced Conference MVP last year, continued to struggle with his new team as he scored just seven points but with Fauzi, Malabanan and Labrador sustaining their for, the Jet Spikers are in for a big rebound from a shaky start.
The Bounty Fresh Soaring Griffins fell to 0-2 in a tie with Sta. Lucia Construction and Navy.
1 p.m. – Sta. Elena vs Navy