Pocari Sweat continues to win despite persistent 5-set woes
Paul Lintag on Jul 09, 2017 07:11 AM
Pocari Sweat just played its ninth PVL game that went five full sets Saturday. The Lady Warriors are currently 6-3 in such games.
Despite winning a championship in the PVL Reinforced Conference and going undefeated so far in the Open Conference, Pocari Sweat still can't seem to solve its five-set woes.
After playing eight games that went the distance in the season-opening joust, going 5-3, the Lady Warriors are back at it again, needing five full sets to dispose the Power Smashers Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Going up two sets to none against Nes Pamilar's crew, Pocari dropped sets 3 and 4 before pulling through in the deciding frame to keep a clean 3-0 record to top the eight-team field.
It's still unclear why the Lady Warriors always end up going the distance against opponents. They need answers too since they would like to prefer winning in straight sets.
Their first two wins in the new conference reached set 4.
"Hindi ko alam, maganda yang tanong mo," head coach Rico De Guzman said on why the Lady Warriors can't find a way to avoid marathon games.
"Siguro talagang nakatatak na lagi sa Pocari yung fifth set, fourth set. Hindi kami makakuha ng straight set eh," he added.
With five-set games looking like the norm for the Lady Warriors, the team has learned to take everything in stride despite the exhaustion that comes with it.
They're even making jokes about it now.
"Gusto nila yung nahihirapan sila," De Guzman said of his players, drawing laughs from the media and star hitter Myla Pablo.
"Pinae-excite daw yung mga audience," he added.
But even if they go to a fifth set or finish it off with a sweep, what matters most for the Lady Warriors is taking that precious W.
"Basta importante manalo kami kahit anong set pa yan," De Guzman said.
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