PVL: Nxled averts third set meltdown, repels Capital1

Nxled Chameleons PVL Ivy Lacsina

Nxled Chameleons.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines–Camille Victoria and Ivy Lacsina saved Nxled from a third-set meltdown to shatter Capital1, 25-13, 25-23, 25-22, in the PVL All-Filipino Conference on Tuesday at PhilSports Arena.

Victoria led the Chameleons with 17 points from 14 attacks and three blocks while Lacsina added 12 points, 11 coming from attacks, to power Nxled to its fourth win in 10 games.

“Yung third set na yun, dun mo masasabi na lahat ng team lumalaban, hindi basta basta lahat ng mga team,” Victoria said. “Kaya kami nakahabol, parang mas tinapangan namin. Lumamang yung puso namin.”

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Although Nxled was only fighting for improvements with its remaining games, the young Chameleons showed their fighting character and continued to be hungry to get wins.

“Nag-set ako ng goal sa sarili ko na kailangan every game, maka-contribute ako sa team para mabigyan ng magandang laban yung mga kalaban namin,” Victoria added.

Down nine points at the start of the decider due to errors, Nxled coach Taka Minowa called a timeout to resuscitate the Chameleons, who were buried facing a 2-11 disadvantage to the Solar Spikers.

And it worked as the Chameleons orchestrated a 10-1 run to tie the game at 12-all behind Victoria who pierced the defense of Capital1 with her scorching offense.

Camille Victoria Nxled Chameleons PVL

Nxled Chameleons’ Camille Victoria in the PVL All-Filipino Conference.–PVL PHOTO

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“Kung ano lang yung binigay na role sakin ni coach Taka, yun naman yung gagawin ko at buo naman din yung tiwala niya sakin and nagawa ko naman yung role na binigay niya,” Victoria said.

Nxled redeemed itself after being dismantled by the defending champion Creamline in its previous game and it will try to be better as it caps off its campaign against Petro Gazz on Saturday in the same Pasig City venue.

Lacsina punched in three consecutive points, including the game-tying kill off the block, and gave her new squad a two-point lead and the Chameleons refused to let go of the advantage from there.

Victoria moved Nxled to match point with a push before ending the match with an emphatic cross-court kill.

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Des Clemente contributed 10 points for Capital1, which dropped its seventh consecutive game and ninth in 10 games overall.