Regine Diego, PVL’s first female coach, debuts with a fiery victory

F2's Kim KiannaDy (no. 13) rises to the kill.

F2’s Kim Kianna Dy (number 13) rises to the kill.

Regine Diego, the first and only female coach in a professional women’s tournament, was christened Tuesday night in F2’s high-string victory over the PLDT.

She also knows the job will be tougher for her and the Cargoers as the All-Philippines Conference of the Premier Volleyball League drags on after she sees things need to improve in the 25- 22, 25-21, 14-25, 20- Win 25, 16-14 against PLDT at PhilSports Arena in Pasig.

“It feels like a championship but yeah, it was a good game,” Diego said when asked about how she nearly went 2-0 down and was dragged into the deciding period. “At least, we saw what we needed to practice [on] moreover, where did we fail and where are we good, so that in the next game we can adjust.”

The freighters looked like they were making their way forward with ease after holding off the High Speed ​​Hitters in the first two sets, only to lose the next two sets before joining the winners of the opening day. were Creamline and Choco Mucho leading early.

And unlike the consecutive victories of Cool Smashers and Flying Titans, F2 needed all of two hours and 31 minutes to win this, made possible thanks to a kill from behind by Kim Kianna Dy grazing the block. Mika Reyes at Point Game .

Myla Pablo, acquired from Petro Gazz during the busy season, led the Cargo Movers with 21 points—most of which came early—before the team’s collective effort helped break High’s unsettled position. Speed ​​Hitters.

Seasoned Aby Maraño also served, breaking the final draw of the game at 14 with Reyes down.

Regine Diego —PHOTOS BY PVL

Regine Diego —PHOTOS BY PVL

Dy picked up 17 points in a stellar opening game, while Maraño, a veteran of multiple Philippine Teams who was the leader of Cargo Movers, picked up 11 points, with three of them surpassing other teams. block.

The High Speed ​​Hitters, led by new coach Rald Ricafort, also showed their mettle with that rally — and confirmed their worth as championship contenders.

Jovie Prado leads the PLDT with 17 points, and Dell Palomata is a solid defense for Ricafort, who abandoned the Angels after taking them to the Boost Conference crown to help the High Speed ​​Mercenaries receive their true potential.

Reyes finished with 15 points for the PLDT and Palomata 16. Pablo hit a lot of the hits that have become her trademark since winning the stripe as the National U Lady Bulldog in the UAAP and V-League in 2013. , start with powerful shots, serve their shots, speed and drop often hit their target.

However, Dy took over when it mattered with two clutches, the last of which in a combination forced a tie at 13.

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