Ivy Lacsina of the Nxled Chameleons in the PVL All-Filipino Conference. –PVL PHOTO

Nxled kept alive its slim chance of reaching the PVL All-Filipino Conference semifinals after eliminating Strong Group, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15, on Thursday at the PhilSports Arena.

Ivy Lacsina continued her excellent play for the Chameleons after collecting 16 points from 15 attacks and an ace to help Nxled to their second win in seven games.

“I'm happy that the performance was like this, but of course we have a lot of strong opponents,” said Lacsina. “That's why it's more important for me that our team wins now and in the next games.”

SCHEDULE: 2024 PVL All-Filipino Conference

Jho Maraguinot had a hand in the victory after contributing 12 points on nine kills, two blocks and an ace, as well as eight digs, while Cams Victoria dropped 10 points.

But Nxled coach Taka Minowa still wants to see more from the former Ateneo team.

“My expectations are very high for Jho (Maraguinot),' said Minowa. “As a mature player and a good passer, her condition and performance are still not enough for me.

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“She is acting the same way as at the last conference. She needs to be more mature, she needs to keep working.”

Nxled outscored Athletics in virtually every aspect of the game after a 46-25 attack advantage, 6-1 block advantage, two more aces, 34-26 dig advantage and 17-8 set advantage.

Lacsina, who is regaining top form after recovering from a knee injury earlier in conference play, is emerging to be a leader among the Chameleons on and off the court.

“In every game we play, I'm especially the shy type (laughs), so at the beginning I tried a lot to lead, to speak, but now I've learned to do that with the help of my teammates,” she said.

“So I can take that into the next games and I also need to learn to be consistent,” he added.

Dolly Versoza's 12 points were not enough to lift the Strong Group, which suffered a sixth consecutive defeat in its inaugural conference.

The Chameleons gave the Athletics no more chances in the final frame as they raced out to a 14-7 lead.

Grupo Forte failed to find an answer for the trio of Lacsina, Victoria and Maraguinot in the final straight, even with both teams making 20 errors in total each.

The former F2 Logistics firm took her new team to match point before scoring the winning score.

Nxled still have four games left on their schedule, starting with Farm Fresh on Tuesday at the PhilSports Arena before facing the powerful Creamline, Capital 1 and Brooke van Sickle fueled Petro Gazz.


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“Let's go back to the basics and train Taka's system because he knows best how we should act. So we just need to be united so we can finish this season stronger than the last conference,” Lacsina said.



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