Lady Warriors push winning streak to five
Pocari Sweat extended its winning run to five straight.
Hotshot Myla Pablo exploded in the fifth set as the power-hitter towed the streaking Pocari Sweat to a 25-17, 25-17, 22-25, 18-25, 15-3 escape against the Perlas Spikers Tuesday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Warriors extended their winning run to five straight for a 5-2 win-loss record.
Pablo, a National University product, broke open the fifth set rout with back-to-back hits in the Lady Warriors’ 5-0 start.
Pocari Sweat stretched its lead to 10-1 to snuff the fight out of the Spikers, who buried the Lady Warriors early in the fourth set to force a decider.
“Ang laki ng let down namin sa fourth set kasi I guess (na-down) ang mga players namin kasi dapat sa amin na ‘yung third set. E nu’ng natalo nga kami parang ang tagal nilang naka-recover,” said Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella, whose squad threw away a 16-10 lead in the third. “Buti na lang naka-recover kami noong fifth set.”
Pablo uncorked 26 points, four in the fifth set, to lead the Lady Warriors. She smashed 22 kills, had four kill blocks and laced her all-around effort with 11 excellent receptions despite nursing a sore back.
“Expected naman kay Myla na siya talaga ang mag-takeover kasi siya naman ang ace spiker namin,” said Abella. “Yung expectations namin sa kanya na mag-takeover laging nandoon and nag-chip in din naman ang ibang players namin na sina Elaine (Kasilag), sina Pang (Jeanette Panaga), si Jessey (De Leon) yun blocks niya noong fifth set. Team effort ang nangyari sa amin noong fifth set.”
Panaga had 15 points including seven from kill blocks while Kasilag also closed the match with 15 markers for Pocari Sweat, who defeated Perlas in straight sets in their first meeting.
Perlas forced a decider behind the efforts of former University of the Philippines stars Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola.
The Spikers buried the Lady Warriors, 11-2, but Pocari Sweat chopped its deficit to 14-11 before Perlas unleashed another barrage of attacks to close the fourth.
Amy Ahomiro finished with 11 points while Bersola and Tiamzon combined for 18 markers for the Spikers, who dropped to 3-3 slate tied with idle Power Smashers.
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