PVL: Linday Vander Weide attributes big game 1 to Petro Gazz teammates

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The Petro Gazz Angels celebrate after winning the PVL Reinforced Conference opener against the Cignal HD Spikers. PHOTO PVL

MANILA, Philippines — Lindsey Vander Weide credited Djanel Cheng’s superb play for his 34-point outburst in Petro Gazz’s straight-set victory over Cignal, 25-21, 27-25, 37-35, to close in on the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Coronation Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The University of Oregon American forward dropped her career-high built on 31 kills, two blocks and an ace, including clutch picks in the extended third set to push the Angels to the brink of winning their second straight strengthened title.

But despite his genius, Vander Weide made sure to share the glory with Cheng, who delivered 18 excellent sets.

“The whole game went well. My energy with Cheng was great today, her frame was great today so it was easy to put the balls away. She put me in the perfect position, it was brilliant” , Vander Weide said shortly after the first game.

The 25-year-old import also praised her hometown teammates, led by Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Myla Pablo and MJ Phillips, for showing grace under pressure in the third, where they held nine match advantages and saved four. set point disadvantages to prevail in the pulsed set.

“Normally I get stressed in games when we’re super close at the end like the 20s that game we were so locked in it didn’t matter who was in place we were going to hit back and score and we did that only in the second set, and the third set and that was the most impressive thing for me, how we held up in those moments,” said Vander Weide.

With Petro Gazz one win away from completing a golden repeat three years after the last strengthened conference, Vander Weide remains locked in to end the series on Tuesday at Philsports Arena.

“The same mindset we’ve had in the last few games. We’re really focused right now, we’re playing really well, so we just have to stay consistent and keep the same energy that we have,” she said. declared.


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