SWEET VICTORY: Lady Warriors claim PVL Reinforced Conference crown
Mark Escarlote on Jun 15, 2017 08:12 PM
Pocari Sweat reigned supreme in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
BaliPure gave Pocari Sweat a scare in the first set.
It proved to be the Water Defenders’ last stand in the winner-take-all battle Thursday.
The Lady Warriors bounced back from another sloppy start before crushing BaliPure, 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, in Game 3 of the best-of-three Finals series to reign supreme in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Pocari Sweat had a dry opening set but found their rhythm just in time to mount the comeback behind the troika of American imports Krystal Rivers, Michelle Strizak and local star Myla Pablo.
Rivers played her best game in her three-match stint as a replacement import, logging in 27 points coming off 22 kills, four kill blocks and an ace for the Lady Warriors. Finals Most Valuable Player Pablo collected 16 markers anchored on 14 attacks while Best Import winner Strizak had 10 points for Pocari Sweat, which played solid defense in front of the net with 13 kill blocks.
The conquest added another title to the Lady Warriors’ already growing collection of championships after winning the Open Conference and Reinforced Conference crowns in the V-League last year.
The victory was a sweet reward for Pocari Sweat after going through a rough road where the Lady Warriors needed to go through the round robin quarterfinals with just one import after Bosnian middle Edina Selimovic went down with a right hamstring injury midway in the preliminary round. They survived a best-of-three semifinals that went the full distance against the Power Smashers for the right to face top seed BaliPure.
Pocari Sweat took the series opener, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24, before the Water Defenders equalized last Tuesday in a thrilling 25-15, 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 15-13, Game 2 win.
American import Jennifer Keddy and Thai import Jeng Bualee scored 13 points each while Grethcel Soltones finished with 11 for BaliPure, which gave away 24 points off errors.
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