PVL: Lady Warriors arrest two-game skid
Mark Escarlote on Oct 21, 2018 06:56 PM
Pocari Sweat-Air Force stopped a two-game bleeding at the expense of BanKo.
BALIWAG, Bulacan --- Pocari Sweat-Air Force arrested a two-game slide as the Lady Warriors outplayed BanKo in the crucial stretch of the deciding frame to escape with a 16-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13, win Sunday at the jampacked Baliwag Star Arena here.
Myla Pablo poured 23 of her 24 points on attacks to help the Lady Warriors end the first round of eliminations on a high note and improving to 4-3 win-loss record in the last of their back-to-back weekend schedule.
Pablo got all the help she needed on offense with middles Iari Yongco, Jeanette Panaga and Del Palomata delivering the goods.
Yongco wreaked havoc at the net with eight of her 17 points coming off kill blocks, Panaga added 13 markers while Palomata scored 10 including a quick attack and a drop ball to end the match.
“Kailangan kasi talaga naming manalo kasi down kami ng dalawang game na puro five-sets. So sabi ko hindi na dapat maulit ‘to, dapat lesson learned na ‘to, kunin naman natin ‘to (panalo),” said Lady Warriors head coach Jasper Jimenez. “So nag-materialize naman and nagtrabaho sila. May kasama na ring suwerte kasi magaling din ang kalaban, siguro pagod. Nasamantala lang namin.”
Pocari Sweat broke a 10-all deadlock with back-to-back points from Yongco. Panaga gave BanKo a free point on the next play with a service error before Yonco’s crosscourt to push the Lady Warriors’ lead to 13-11. Palomata scored on a quick before the Perlas Spikers saved a match point.
Palomata sealed the win with a drop ball at the middle off a reception miscue by BanKo.
The Perlas Spikers absorbed its second straight loss for a 5-1 mark.
Dzi Gervacio had 23 markers built on 18 spikes, four aces and a kill block. Kathy Bersola finished with 15 while Sue Roces and Joy Dacoron added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for BanKo.
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