Lady Warriors seek third straight win, solo lead
Mark Escarlote on Jul 08, 2017 07:13 AM
Pocari Sweat is on the prowl for its third straight win and a hold of the solo lead.
Title favorite Pocari Sweat guns for the solo lead in an early rematch against the Power Smashers Saturday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The battle of the two squads that figured in the semifinals of the Reinforced Conference starts at 6:30 p.m. and will air via livestream.
The Lady Warriors hurdled their first two opponents for a share of the lead with another title-contender Creamline.
Reinforced Conference champion Pocari Sweat crushed BanKo-Perlas, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 28-26, last Wednesday behind Myla Pablo’s all-around performance of 23 points and 11 excellent receptions.
But even with two straight wins to open their campaign, head coach Rico De Guzman stresses the importance of clicking on their defensive patterns early especially against the Power Smashers, who forced the Lady Warriors to a do-or-die Game 3 in the import-laden season-opening tournament.
“Kailangan sa pattern defense namin makuha kaagad nila. Sa first set pa lang kailangang mai-apply na agad nila and yung floor defense namin dapat mas tumibay,” said De Guzman, who will also bank on Elaine Kasilag, Cai Nepomuceno and Jeannette Panaga.
The Power Smashers are coming off a painful 15-25, 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 6-15, defeat at the hands of BaliPure in their opening game last week.
Dimdim Pacres, the Reinforced Conference Best Opposite Spiker, Regine Arocha, Alexandra Tan, Wenneth Eulalio and setter Alina Bicar are all expected to step up to put the Power Smashers in the win column.
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