PVL: Lady Warriors near bronze medal finish
Mark Escarlote on Jul 08, 2018 04:35 PM
American Maddie Palmer scored 24 points to help dethroned Pocari Sweat move closer to salvaging a bronze medal finish.
Pocari Sweat-Air Force displayed great teamwork in the absence of injured local hitter Myla Pablo to eke out a rousing come-from-behind, 25-22, 17-25, 16-25, 26-24, 15-11, win over BanKo to inch closer to a bronze medal finish in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Sunday at the MOA Arena.
The Lady Warriors drew first blood in best-of-three battle for third behind the superb game of American import Maddie Palmer.
Palmer finished with 24 points built on 22 attacks and a pair of aces for Pocari Sweat, which played without Pablo after the open spiker was ruled out for the rest of the conference because of a lower back injury she sustained in the Game 3 semis loss of the dethroned Lady Warriors against Creamline.
Game 2 is on Wednesday at the same venue.
“We didn’t have our good attitude in the first couple of sets, we played like we’re gonna lose,” said Palmer, who had 17 digs and 10 excellent receptions. “The change is that we played we wanted to win instead of playing not to lose, it’s just a different mindset and I think that was our improvement.”
American Ari Love had 17 markers while Del Palomata fimished with 13 markers for the Lady Warriors. Elaine Kasilag punched in eight points including the game-clinching tip to seal the one-hour, 47-minute win.
Pocari Sweat recovered from an 1-2 match deficit and held a 9-5 lead in the deciding frame. The Perlas Spikers closed the gap, 10-9, but the Lady Warriors countered with a 5-2 scoring spurt capped by Kasilag's winner off a misreception.
American Kia Bright uncorked 30 attacks in her 33-point performance while Thai import Jutarat Montripila and Amy Ahomiro posted 17 and 14 markers, respectively, for BanKo.
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