PVL: Fighting Warays end slump, outlast Lady Warriors
Mark Escarlote on Oct 20, 2018 06:56 PM
Tacloban arrested a three-game slide with a morale-boosting five-set win over Pocari Sweat-Air Force.
Tacloban finally stopped a three-game bleeding but needed to go the full distance to prevail over Pocari Sweat-Air Force, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Fighting Warays closed the first round of eliminations with a 3-4 win-loss record while handing the Lady Warriors their second loss in a row.
New recruit Dimdim Pacres delivered 21 points including some clutch hits in the fifth set for Tacloban, who tapped the services of the University of Sto. Tomas opposite hitter and Jeannie Delos Reyes as replacement for University of the East’s Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez.
Pacres pounded 18 attacks with three kill blocks for the Fighting Warays while Heather Guino-o and skipper Jovielyn Prado got 16 points each.
“Unang-una importante ang game na ‘to. Makalusot man kami dito mas malaki ang tsansa namin para makapasok (sa Final Four) pagdating ng second round,” said Tacloban coach Nes Pamilar.
The Fighting Warays erased an early 0-2 deficit in the fifth set with an 8-2 blitz. Guino-o doused cold water on the Lady Warriors’ fight back with back-to-back hits to push Tacloban’s lead to 10-6 and never looked back.
Jeanette Panaga had 19 points but failed to save Pocari Sweat from dropping to 3-3 card.
Del Palomata posted 16 points with all but one coming off kills while Myla Pablo and Iari Yongco added 16 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Lady Warriors.
Pocari Sweat will face BanKo on Sunday to wrap its first round.
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