Pocari Sweat books semifinals seat
Mark Escarlote on Jun 18, 2016 06:32 PM
Pocari Sweat extended its winning streak to five and secured a spot in the semifinals.
Pocari Sweat formally clinched the first semifinals spot and extended its winning streak to five despite another outing without their top scorers Myla Pablo and Michele Gumabao.
The Lady Warriors kept their unbeaten record intact after taking down the feisty Iriga Lady Oragons, 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-20, Saturday in the 13th V-League Open Conference at the Blue Eagle Gym.
Elaine Kasilag showed the way by scattering 17 points including 11 kills while Rossan Fajardo, Lutgarda Malaluan and Maricar Nepomuceno registered 12 markers each for Pocari Sweat, which played its second game without Gumabao (abdominal tear) and Pablo (sore back).
The duo’s return is still indefinite. The Lady Warriors’ remaining elims games are against BaliPure (June 25) and Air Force (June 27).
“Wala pang doctor’s advice e (on their return). They are practicing pero very minimal lang yung galaw na pinapagawa nila,” said Pocari Sweat assistant coach Rommel Abella of the two. “We’re still waiting for the advice of doctors kung makakalaro na sila sa Saturday or pwede na silang isabak sa matinding training muna.”
The Lady Warriors’ intensity dropped in the third set and the Lady Oragons took advantage to take a 15-10 lead. The Bicolana’s reached set point, 24-21, after Shola Alvarez won a point.
Pocari Sweat chased Iriga, saving three set points to eventually tie the set at 24 as Grazielle Bombita’s cross went long. She made amends by smashing an off the block kill on Nepomuceno before nailing another attack that the Lady Warriors failed to control to extend the match.
Iriga started the fourth set strong, building a 6-3 lead before Pocari Sweat mounted a huge rally to build a 16-12 lead that eventually ballooned to 21-16. The Lady Oragons never came closer than four since then.
“We’re actually trying to give playing time doon sa aming second stringers but unfortunately hindi sila masyado nag-deliver sa third set so medyo pangit ang kinalabasan,” said Abella.
Iriga absorbed its third straight defeat as it slid back to 1-4 card in a dangerous spot to miss the cut for the remaining three semis spots remaining.
Alvarez scored 15 points while Bombita had 14 for the Lady Oragons, who need to sweep their last two games to force at least a playoff for a semis seat.
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