PVL: Lady Warriors finally survive a five-setter match

Mark Escarlote on Oct 21, 2018 07:57 PM
PVL: Lady Warriors finally survive a five-setter match
The Pocari Sweat-Air Force Lady Warriors made sure that this time they will be on the winning end of another five-setter.

BALIWAG, Bulacan --- Pocari Sweat-Air Force was at the losing end of its back-to-back five set matches in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.

Faced with their third straight decider on Sunday, the Lady Warriors made sure that they’ll walk out of the sweltering Baliwag Star Arena here with a win.

Prized hitter Myla Pablo got all the help she needed as Pocari Sweat outlasted BanKo, 16-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13, to arrest a two-game skid and end the first round of eliminations on a high note.

The Lady Warriors, who fell to Creamline and Tacloban in five sets, engaged the Perlas Spikers in a tight battle throughout the fifth frame before Iari Yongco and Del Palomata delivered the crucial points to seal their fourth victory in seven outings.  

“’Sa lahat ng laro natin na fifth set dapat di na maulit ‘to ngayong fifth set. Kailangan kung ano ang pagkukulang natin gawin natin sa court. Tulong-tulong tayo as a team hindi pwedeng aasa tayo sa isa, dalawa o tatlo dapat lahat tayo gagawa,’” said Pablo, who scored 23 of her 24 points on kills.

What the Lady Warriors talked about in their huddle before the fifth set was enough to light the fire of their desire to finish the game on top.

Pocari Sweat broke a 10-all deadlock with back-to-back points from Yongco. Jeanette 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.

Sitting at the middle of the eight-team field after the first round, Pocari Sweat looks for a better outing come the last half of the eliminations to land a spot in the Final Four.

“Every game kailangan manalo kami and alam din namin yun,” said Pablo. “Kailangan paghirapan namin, lahat kasi ng mga teams malalakas. Kailangan i-maintain namin ang winning game nami hanggang sa second round.”

The Lady Warriors will face Tacloban in an early rematch on Wednesday.



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