PVL: Lady Warriors near semis berth
Mark Escarlote on Jun 20, 2018 06:26 PM
Pocari Sweat-Air Force topped BaliPure-National University to inch closer to a Final Four spot.
Defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force came back from a set down to turn back a gritty BaliPure-National University side, 29-27, 20-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-13, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference quarterfinals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Showing poise and veteran composure, the Lady Warriors saved two crucial match points in the fourth set before hanging tough in the decider to get back on the winning track and improve to 3-1 win-loss record.
Myla Pablo delivered 22 points off 17 attacks, four kill blocks and an ace while playing great floor defense with 14 excellent receptions for Pocari Sweat. American Maddie Palmer had 21 markers including the match-clinching hit while Ari Love added 14 points for the Lady Warriors.
Palmer had 11 excellent receptions while Love had 14 digs for Pocari Sweat, which rained down 53 attacks orchestrated by seasoned setter Wendy Semana's 42 excellent sets.
Behind American import Janisa Johnson, BaliPure came a point close to nailing the win as the Water Defenders moved at match point, 24-22. But Love scored on a hit followed by a kill block by Pablo to knot the set at 24. Joyme Cagande was called for a lifting error on the next play before Pablo forced a deciding frame off a cross court hit.
Pocari Sweat controlled the fifth frame and went up 13-11 only to see BaliPure tie it at 13. But Mhicaela Belen sent her attack long in the next play that set up the game-winner for Palmer.
The Water Defenders dropped to 1-2 mark.
Johnson finished with 35 points and 26 digs, American Alexis Matthews got 19 markers while Roselyn Doria and Faith Nisperos added 14 and 13 markers, respectively. Belen scored 11 while Cagande tallied 54 excellent sets for BaliPure.
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