PVL: Lady Warriors snap slump, back in semis race
Mark Escarlote on Nov 07, 2018 07:09 PM
Pocari Sweat-Air Force outlasted PetroGazz to get back on the winning track and boost its bid for a Final Four spot.
Myla Pablo once again came to the rescue for Pocari Sweat-Air Force at crunch time as the Lady Warriors clawed their way out of a 0-2 hole to escape PetroGazz, 17-25, 27-29, 25-16, 25-23, 15-13, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The reigning Most Valuable Player hammered three crucial hits in the fifth frame to break an 11-11 deadlock that brought the momentum back to the Lady Warriors, who snapped a two-game losing slump to even their win-loss record to 5-5.
Pablo finished with 22 points, including four in the fifth, highlighted by 20 kills while adding 17 excellent receptions for Pocari Sweat, which played in its sixth five-setter match in the conference in an even, 3-3, win-loss result.
Iari Yongco added 17 markers, Del Palomata got 11 while Jeanette Panaga and Joy Cases chipped in 10 points each for the Lady Warriors, who will take on Creamline in Legazpi City, Albay on Sunday.
“Congrats sa star ko na si Myla. Buti nabitbit niya ang game ngayon, very crucial. Galing kami sa dalawang talo kaya slow start kami sa first and second sets buti na lang nagising kami sa third and fourth and naituloy namin, naitawid namin (sa fifth),” said Pocari Sweat head coach Jasper Jimenez.
“Kailangang-kailangan namin ang panalong ito kasi kung hindi namin nakuha ito mababaon kami eh,” he added.
The fifth set was knotted at 11 after Me-Ann Mendrez was called for a net touch.
Pablo put Pocari Sweat on top, 13-11, off back-to-back hits. The Lady Warriors committed an error in the next play but Pablo pushed Pocari Sweat at match point on an off the block attack.
Jonah Sabete saved a match point on a kill block against Pablo but the Angels surrendered the game when Rachel Austero overcooked her service.
Sabete and Paneng Mercado had 15 points each for PetroGazz, which fell to 5-4 card. Cai Baloaloa and Cherry Nunag posted 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Angels.
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