Jakarta. Jakarta Elektrik PLN, a pro team backed by state utility company PLN, has won the women's Proliga Volleyball title for the third time in a row after defeating Jakarta Pertamina Energi in five sets in the grand final match at Amongrogo Sporting Hall in Yogyakarta, on Sunday (23/04).
Pertamina Energi put up a good fight, but the reigning champion sealed the game in the fifth set by 15-11, extending their domination in women's volleyball in the last decade where they never finished outside the big four in the league.
Jakarta Elektrik PLN brought home a prize money of Rp 200 million ($15,200).
Its Chinese coach Tien Mei said a few of her players were plagued by injuries before the final, but a strong team spirit — and the desire to clinch a hat-trick of wins — had carried them through.
"It was a pretty tough struggle but we got through it. We got the hat-trick," she said.
PLN libero Berlian Marsheilla agreed with her coach, saying that confidence was key for the players. "Confidence is key, especially when a match goes into a fifth set," she said.
PLN spiker Manganang was also named the Most Valuable Player in the annual tournament.
Pertamina wins men's league
In the men's championship, Jakarta Pertamina Energi, a team backed by state oil and gas company Pertamina, sealed an easy straight set victory over Palembang's Bank Sumsel Babel, 26-24, 25-15, 25-12, in the final in Yogyakarta.
Pertamina Energi coach Putut Marhaento said the opposing team seemed to have run out of gas in the second and third sets after a tough first set.
Pertamina Energi player Agung Seganti, the Most Valuable Player in the men's league, said he was surprised his team could win so easily.
"A final game is usually tough and exciting, but not today. We played our best, and we got the result we deserved," he said.