Selimovic, Strizak power Lady Warriors past Water Defenders
Pocari Sweat extended its winning streak to six after a dramatic five-set come-from-behind win over BaliPure.
Streaking Pocari Sweat used the back injury suffered by their top hitter Myla Pablo in the second set as rallying point as the Lady Warriors pulled off a dramatic 18-25, 20-25, 26-24, 27-25, 15-13, revenge win against BaliPure Thursday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
The Lady Warriors extended their winning streak to six straight and kept a tight hold of the solo spot with a 6-2 win-loss record.
Bosnian import Edina Selimovic played the hero’s role in the fourth set when Pocari Sweat rallied from a 13-21 deficit to force a decider.
Selimovic again delivered in the deciding set with a well-timed kill block against BaliPure reinforcement Jennifer Keddy to put the Lady Warriors at match point, 14-12, that capped their 3-0 rally from a 11-12 deficit.
The Water Defenders saved a match point when Pocari Sweat’s Shola Alvarez overcooked her serve but American import Michelle Strizak sealed the match with a thunderous smash for the Lady Warriors, who survived the grueling match despite losing Pablo midway in the second set.
“‘Yung effort nila na-satisfy ako from the fourth set going to the fifth set kasi they didn’t let up, ‘yung effort nila andoon,” said Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella. “Kasi I believe lamang ‘yung BaliPure, saludo ako sa effort nila.”
The two teams’ imports were allowed to suit up for the first time after getting their International Transfer Certificates Thursday morning.
Selimovic finished with 24 points coming off 17 attacks and seven kill blocks while Strizak had 16 markers for the Lady Warriors. Elaine Kasilag had 13 points while Jeanette Panaga scored 12.
BaliPure, which defeated Pocari Sweat in straight sets in their first meeting, dropped to 4-2 slate.
Keddy had 21 points, Grethcel Soltones chipped in with 18 while Thai import Jaroensri Bualee scored 17 for the Water Defenders.
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