Lady Warriors win third straight at Cool Smashers' expense
Mark Escarlote on May 11, 2017 08:50 PM
Pocari Sweat turned back Creamline in four sets for third straight win..
Pocari Sweat came back from a set down to collect its third straight win with a 15-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-19, decision over the reeling Creamline Cool Smashers Thursday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
After dropping their first two games to start the tournament, the Lady Warriors capped their first round campaign on a high note while handing the Cool Smashers back-to-back losses.
Pocari Sweat tied the Power Smashers with 3-2 win-loss card.
Elaine Kasilag led Pocari Sweat’s offensive burst and delivered the crucial attacks in the tight third set to turn the tide around.
Kasilag scored all of her 14 points from attacks while Maricar Nepomuceno added 12 markers.
Myla Pablo had 10 points, all from kills, while Jeanette Panaga wreaked havoc at the net with six kill blocks in her nine-point performance for the Lady Warriors. Pablo also chipped in on the defensive side with 10 digs and eight excellent receptions.
After dropping the opening frame, the Lady Warriors brought the tempo of the game to their pace to control the match.
“Sabi ko kasi let's play our own pace kasi nagdi-dictate ng pace ang Creamline, and hindi kami sanay sa ganoong pace,” said Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella. “Sabi ko let's play our own pace, kung saan tayo comfortable, doon tayo maglaro. At least medyo nakinig and nakabawi kami ng second set.”
Kasilag’s long attack tied the third set at 24 but made amends on her mistake with consecutive crosscourt attacks to put the Lady Warriors on top, 2-1, in the match.
With momentum at its side, Pocari Sweat opened a 20-12 gap in the fourth set. Creamline saved two match points, 24-19, but Francesca Racraquin sent her cross wide that sealed their doom.
The Cool Smashers slid to 1-3 mark.
Alyssa Valdez played her usual game with 25 points from 20 attacks and five aces while adding 12 digs and a pair of excellent receives for Creamline.
Coleen Bravo and Pau Soriano finished with 11 markers each for the Cool Smashers, who will close the first round on Tuesday against unbeaten BaliPure (3-0).
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