PVL: Lady Warriors stop streaking Water Defenders

Mark Escarlote on May 27, 2018 06:40 PM
PVL: Lady Warriors stop streaking Water Defenders
Myla Pablo scored 21 points to lead Pocari Sweat-Air Force past BaliPure-National University. (File photo)

BATANGAS CITY -- National University product Myla Pablo schooled the future players of her school as she led the defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force put BaliPure-NU’s three-game winning streak to a screeching halt with a 25-19, 10-25, 25-17, 25-21, victory Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference. 

The Lady Warriors improved to 3-2 win-loss record and tied their victims for their first win at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum here after absorbing a setback last week at the hands of league-leading Creamline.

“Nakatsamba lang kami. Siguro nagsabay-sabay na magkaroon ng teamwork,” said Lady Warriors coach Dante Alinsunurin, whose squad also tied idle PayMaya.

Pablo, who was the Queen Bulldog during her college days, exploded with 21 points coming off 14 attacks, four kill blocks and three aces for Pocari Sweat while American import Ari Love blasted 18 markers, 14 from spikes.

American reinforcement Maddie Palmer finished with 13 markers while veteran playmaker Wendy Semana tallied 30 excellent sets for the Lady Warriors, who recovered just in time after a second set meltdown.   

“Yung first set namin maganda ang nilaro, ang pangalawa siguro na-overconfident lang. Buti nakabalik kaagad kami,” said Pocari Sweat coach Jasper Jimenez.

The Lady Warriors went into trouble early in the fourth set before Jimenez subbed Cesca Racraquin for Palmer to help on defense.

“Tapos heto na naman sa fourth set nakita ko si (Palmer) siya ang target so pinalitan ko. Maganda naman ang hugot ko kay (Cesca) Racraquin kais naka-receive saka naka-depensa. Siguro yun ang naging key namin kaya nakuha naming ang fourth set,” the mentor said. “Doon kami nakahabol kasi di ba lamang ng apat, kami pa ang naka-technical timeout ng 16. Malaking factor yung pagpasok ko kay Racraquin. Maganda ang hugot ko sa kanya.”

American Janisa Johnson scored 15 points while Alexis Matthews and Alyssa Solomon scored 14 and 13 markers, respectively, for BaliPure.

 

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