Lady Warriors out to complete PVL Reinforced Conference conquest
Mark Escarlote on Jun 13, 2017 12:28 AM
Pocari Sweat is out to complete its conquest of the PVL Reinforced Conference.
Pocari Sweat is out to cement its reputation as one of the country’s best volleyball clubs as the Lady Warriors set their eyes on the prize in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
The Lady Warriors march back at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City on Tuesday with a mission to finish off BaliPure in Game 2 of their best-of-three Finals series and pocket another title in their already growing collection of championships.
“Certainly were going to try to play hard on Tuesday and try to get the win, that championship,” said Pocari Sweat head coach Rommel Abella, who is trying to steer the squad to its third straight title since dominating the Open and Reinforced conferences of the V-League last year.
His team will get its first of two chances to snatch the crown at 6:30 p.m. right after the presentation of individual award winners. The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
The Lady Warriors got an added boost in the series opener when American import Krystal Rivers debuted and the 5-foot-11 opposite hitter made an impact in her first game since obtaining her FIVB clearance to play last Thursday with her thunderous missiles that wreaked havoc on the Water Defenders’ defense.
Rivers, who played in the US NCAA for Alabama, hammered 17 kills in her 20-point performance in Pocari Sweat’s 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24, win in Game 1.
All eyes are again set on Rivers as she attempts to close her short Philippine stint with a crown.
“I’ve seen how much the team puts their heart into this,” said Rivers, who was tapped to replace injured Bosnian middle Edina Selimovic (right hamstring tear). “I just want to go out there and do the best out there for the team and help them win the championship.”
Rivers will have compatriot Michelle Strizak and locals Myla Pablo, Jeannette Panaga, Desiree Dadang, setter Gyzelle Sy and veteran libero Melissa Gohing at her back as they try to finish off the BaliPure.
But the Water Defenders are no pushover.
BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb is confident of his team’s desire to extend the series to a decider on Thursday.
“Ang adjustment namin diyan sa sarili na lang namin. Ang sabi ko nga sa kanila, this is a championship game. We should play with a champion's heart. Hindi pwedeng parang elimination lang. Ang layo na ng narating namin, ang dami na namin pinagdaanan. Ngayon pa ba kami susuko? Siyempre hindi naman,” he said.
Thai import Jeng Bualee, American reinforcement Jennifer Keddy, ace hitter Grethcel Soltones, Risa Sato, Jerrili Malabanan and promising young setter Jasmine Nabor must step up their games to avoid getting swept.
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