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Samoilenko carries PLDT in the past Army


Enter PLDT Elena Savkina-Samoilenko

Import PLDT Elena Savkina-Samoilenko. –PVL PHOTOS

The PLDT has revealed an imported gem in Elena Samoilenko, who practically did it all for the High Speed ​​Hitters in a thrilling 17-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-11, 15-11 win against United Auctioneers-Army during the Premier League Youth Volleyball Consolidation Conference on Saturday at Sta. Rosa Sports Complex.

And coach Goerge Pascua is saying the 35-point performance is mostly just the tip of the iceberg as far as the talent of 6-foot-4 Samoilenko is concerned, as the towering Russian has yet to adjust. tuned for local play.

“It was not an easy first match for us, especially for the import as she is not familiar with Filipino volleyball,” Pascua said in Filipino. “I told (Samoilenko) to just play her game and always ask for the ball, especially in important parts of the game.”

In the second game, Tai Bierria dropped 20 points as Cignal ruined Akari’s debut, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-16.

The 25-year-old American helped the HD Spikers recover from a loss in the first set, continuing in the final three sets and finishing with 17 attacks, two blocks and an ace consisting of nine digs. to beat the Power Chargers launch in one hour and 57 minutes.

Samoilenko finished with 32 attacks, two blocks, and an ace with 12 digs, scoring four of the last six kills, including match kills, for the High Speed ​​hitter. coming from the back row.

The 27-year-old import sent her team back from a set and fell 1-5 in the deciding table before she turned to the back row, following a knock-out against Dell Palomata, 9-8 .

And she has been so dominant ever since.

Locals also support High Speed ​​Hitters as Toni Rose Basas is instrumental with 11 points and 14 digs. Setter Rhea Dimaculangan shot four aces to finish with seven points while creating an excellent 21 sets, as Palomata, Mika Reyes and Fiola Ceballos added 10 each.

PLDT had the opportunity to lead two sets in the third frame when taking a 21-16 advantage only to bring back seven points in a row to help Army steal the set.

UAI-Army chose Canadian Laura Condotta and local star Royse Tubino, who scored 17 points each to lead their team.

The PLDT faces a high order Thursday at Philsports Arena as it takes on crowd favorite Creamline.

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