Pocari Sweat stakes perfect record against winless Baguio
Mark Escarlote on Jun 10, 2016 06:31 PM
Michele Gumabao (no. 7) is expected to once again rally Pocari Sweat in battle to keep the Lady Warriors' perfect record intact.
Pocari Sweat aims to move a step closer to a Final Four seat when it meets the listless Baguio Summer Spikers on Saturday in the 13th V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Riding on the crest of its amazing three-game winning streak, the Lady Warriors are looking to push the Summer Spikers on the brink of elimination in their 4:00 p.m. encounter that will air live over ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.
Behind the steady play of veteran and Most Valuable Player contender Michele Gumabao, Pocari Sweat climbed on top of the standings with a 3-0 win-loss record tied with another powerhouse team in Philippine Air Force.
The former De La Salle star finished with 13 points in the Lady Warriors’ straight sets win over the Laoag Power Smashers, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, last week. Gumabao is averaging 17.6 points per game for second spot overall in the scoring race as well as in kill blocks and service aces while topping the success rate in attacks with 42.86%
Behind Gumabao are two other reliable hitters in Myla Pablo and Elaine Kasilag.
Despite having a stronger lineup and advantage in firepower, Lady Warriors assistant coach Rommel Abella warns his wards of complacency.
“Ang mindset kasi namin one game at a time and hindi namin ino-overlook ang mga kalaban. Sabi nga ng mga tao mahina ang susunod naming kalaban pero tino-tone down namin ang expectations ng mga bata,” he said. “Kailangan kahit sabihin ng mga tao na mahina ‘yan hindi kami pwedeng magpabaya.”
Baguio is still struggling in the tournament as victory continues to elude the Summer Spikers.
The volleybelles from the Summer Capital of the Philippines remain winless in three starts and are heading towards an early exit unless they regroup to arrest their skid.
Despite the efforts of skipper Krissian Tsuchiya and Carmela Dicksen, Baguio absorbed a painful, 25-21, 25-27, 14-25, 13-25, defeat at the hands of erstwhile listless team University of the Philippines last Wednesday.
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