Pocari Sweat shuts down UP in three
Mark Escarlote on May 28, 2016 09:20 PM
Pocari Sweat celebrates their sweet straight sets victory against University of the Philippines.
Pocari Sweat schooled the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons in an emphatic fashion to make an early statement in the 13th V-League Open Conference Saturday.
The powerhouse Lady Warriors banked in their experience to silence UP and its supporters that flocked The Arena in San Juan with an easy 25-18, 25-14, 25-22 victory in Pocari Sweat’s debut in the league after transferring from the Philippine Superliga.
“Ang core namin is isang taon na rin yatang magkakasama from the PSL and mga veterans pa 'yung nasa core namin. So 'yung transition namin from one league to V-League is smooth,” said Pocari Sweat assistant coach Rommel Abella, who called the shots for the squad because head coach Tai Bundit is still in Thailand.
Former De La Salle star and team captain Michele Gumabao fired 11 kills, a block kill and an ace to lead Pocari Sweat with 13 points. Myla Pablo added 11 markers from nine attacks and a pair of aces while Elaine Kasilag finished with 10 for the Lady Warriors.
Pocari Sweat took advantage of the Lady Maroons’ 30 errors while limiting their miscues to only 15 to seal the victory in just 70 minutes of play.
After cruising in the first two sets, the Lady Warriors saw some opposition from the young UP side late in the set, as the Lady Maroons tied it at 21 after trailing early in the frame. But the seasoned squad kept its composure down the stretch to finish off UP.
“Nasabihan ko sila kanina kasi naging complacent kami sa third set so sabi ko hindi basta-basta ang UP kasi fresh from UAAP and maganda pa ang ipinakita pa nila sa UAAP kaya talagang alam naming lalaban sila. So we just kept on reminding the girls kung ano ang dapat gawin, the basics, service, receive tapos mga combination attacks namin,” said Abella, whose wards will take on another collegiate team and opening day winner National University on Wednesday.
The Lady Maroons, which finished fourth in the 78th UAAP tournament, was led by Nicole Tiamzon with nine markers while Marian Buitre had eight. UAAP Rookie of the Year Isa Molde had a quiet night with seven points.
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