Pocari Sweat scores big comeback to remain undefeated
Mark Escarlote on Jun 25, 2016 10:19 PM
COMEBACK QUEENS: Pocari Sweat clawed its way out of a 0-2 match hole to keep its perfect record intact. (File photo)
BaliPure destroyed Pocari Sweat in the second set.
The Lady Warriors showed the Purest Water Defenders that a volleyball match is won by winning three sets.
Pocari Sweat mounted the 13th V-League Open Conference’s biggest comeback so far, erasing a 19-point rout in the second frame with an edge of your seat, 21-25, 6-25, 26-24, 27-25, 19-17 win Saturday night at the PhilSports Arena to remain undefeated in six matches.
Returning hitter Myla Pablo pounded an exclamation point in her 22-kill performance by slamming an off the block spike off the extended defense of Dzi Gervacio to end the two-hour, 12-minute match and spoil Alyssa Valdez 32-point night as BaliPure’s five-game winning streak came to a screeching halt.
Pablo, who skipped the team’s previous two games because of a sore back, scored 24 points to pace the Lady Warriors, who could sweep the eliminations on Monday against Philippine Air Force.
Elaine Kasilag added 20 points while another returning player skipper Michele Gumabao, who was sidelined for two games because of an abdominal strain, finished with nine markers for Pocari Sweat.
The Lady Warriors were a picture of gloom in the second set as BaliPure took advantage of their poor service reception, scoring seven service aces and burying Pocari Sweat to a 21-2 hole.
But it just served as the Lady Warriors’ rallying point.
“Happy kami kasi nanalo kami sa game pero hindi kami kuntento,” said Lady Warriors assistant coach Rommel Abella. “Kasi panay mga errors namin ang bumuhay sa BaliPure. We’re happy but not contented.”
After surviving the third set, Pocari Sweat needed to save two set points in the fourth frame with Elaine Kasilag’s hit tying it at 25.
An error by the Water Defenders gave the Lady Warriors the set point advantage before Kasilag forced the decided with a service ace that landed just a few inches down the line.
Pocari Sweat turned the tide around in the fifth set, going up 10-5 only to see BaliPure comeback behind Valdez.
The Lady Warriors wasted four match points, committing an error that locked the set to 17-all.
Valdez’s great game was put into waste as she gave away a point on a service error that paved the way for Pablo’s game-winner.
Grethcel Soltones had 14 points while Amy Ahomiro posted 11 markers including four from the service line for BaliPure, which ended the elims with a 5-2 record.
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