Lady Warriors outlast Power Smashers in five-set semis opener
Mark Escarlote on Jun 03, 2017 09:32 PM
Pocari Sweat survived a five-set challenge from the Power Smashers to knock on the Finals door.
Pocari Sweat had to thread the proverbial eye of the needle to inch closer to a championship berth.
The Lady Warriors went through some scary moments in closing stretch of the fifth set before surviving the gritty Power Smashers, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 22-25, 15-12, Saturday in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference best-of-three semifinals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Pocari Sweat squandered a two-set lead and even saw its 9-5 cushion in the fifth evaporate with the no. 2 seed Power Smashers’ gutsy comeback.
The Lady Warriors broke a 10-10 deadlock with three straight points capped by a service ace by Desiree Dadang. But the Power Smashers returned fire to chopped their deficit to one, 13-12.
Myla Pablo pushed Pocari Sweat at match point with a thunderous smash over two blockers before Power Smashers Thai import Kannika Tipachot committed an attack error as the Lady Warriors escaped their third five-set match in four games since the round robin quarterfinals.
American import Michelle Strizak led Pocari Sweat with 20 points while Pablo scored 16 with 14 coming off kills.
Jeanette Panaga had five kill blocks in her 14-point outing, Dadang clogged the net with seven kill blocks to seal her night with 13 markers for the Lady Warriors, who can close the series on Tuesday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Game 3, if necessary, is on Thursday.
Tipachot logged in 20 points while compatriot Hyapa Amporn and Jovielyn Prado chipped in with 15 and 14 markers, respectively, for the Power Smashers.
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