PVL: Fighting Warays complete elims sweep of Lady Warriors
Mark Escarlote on Oct 24, 2018 09:06 PM
Tacloban reasserted its mastery over Pocari Sweat-Air Force in another five-set thriller.
Tacloban battled Pocari Sweat-Air Force in another cliffhanger.
But just like in their first meeting, the Fighting Warays had enough gas inside their tank to prevail over the Lady Warriors, 20-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-16, 15-13, in their elims rematch in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Heather Guino-o and Dimdim Pacres played clutch in the deciding frame as Tacloban reasserted its mastery over the Lady Warriors to improve to 4-4 win-loss record tied with their victim. The Fighting Warays also defeated Pocari Sweat in five sets last week at the end of the first round.
Guino-o finished with 20 points highlighted by 16 attacks including the hit that pushed the Fighting Warays at match point while Pacres posted 17 points including the game-clinching victory. Jovielyn Prado added 14 points and 19 excellent receptions while Kyle Negrito tallied 31 excellent sets and 20 digs.
“Maganda para sa team namin, nakakataas ng morale,” said Tacloban mentor Nes Pamilar, whose squad received 43 free points off the Lady Warriors’ errors.
“Lahat naman ng na-practice namin na-execute namin, first yung blocking namin. Kasi last game kasi halos lahat ng iniskor nila ay sa middle so na-adjust namin ang blocking doon at naging effective,” he added. “So medyo na-relax na pagdating doon sa depensa namin sa likod.”
Pocari Sweat opened the deciding frame with a 5-2 lead before Tacloban rallied to knot the score at 7-all off a hit by Guino-o.
The two teams engaged in a seesaw battle before Pacres before Guino-o broke a 13-13 deadlock with a kill. Pacres finished the match with a hammer that broke Pocari Sweat’s two-man block.
Myla Pablo saw her 26-point explosion go down the drain in the Lady Warriors third loss in their fourth straight five-set match.
Del Palomata and Iari Yongco had 11 and 10 markers, respectively, while Jeanette Panaga, who needed to ice the left side of her face after getting hit by Pacres’ down the line hit in the fourth set, had nine for Pocari Sweat.
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