Pocari Sweat fights for dear life, bids to extend series
Mark Escarlote on Jul 15, 2016 06:46 PM
Pocari Sweat fights to keep its title bid alive.
Pocari Sweat assistant coach Rommel Abella wants the Lady Warriors to duplicate their feat in the semifinals.
Complete a series comeback and take the glory.
But for now he and Pocari Sweat need to take Game 2 of the 13th V-League Open Conference on Saturday against the Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers to force a decider in their best-of-three championship series at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Game time is set at 6:00 p.m. after the battle for third match between BaliPure and Laoag in the 4:00 p.m. curtain-raiser.
Matches 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.
The Lady Warriors will march once again in the battle field fighting limp with a 0-1 series deficit – the same situation they were in in the semifinals against BaliPure – after a sorry Game 1 loss, 17-25, 25-20, 15-25, 24-26, 15-11, last Wednesday.
“Binibiro ko na lang sila na, “Siguro ganoon talaga ang nakatadhana sa atin na dadaan muna sa butas ng karayom bago manalo at gumalaw ng tama,”” Abella said.
In the Final Four, Pocari Sweat dropped its series-opener against BaliPure before taking the next two games to advance in the finals in the team’s debut conference after transferring from the Philippine Superliga.
“Hopefully ‘yung result sa Game 2 same sa naging result sa semis,” he added.
Pocari Sweat let the game slip out of their hands in the fourth set while ahead in the match, 2-1. The Lady Warriors were leading, 20-14, when they let their guards down as the Jet Spikers capitalized to steal the set and eventually Game 1.
“Sabi ko sa kanila noong semis tayo ang team compared sa BaliPure, kasi ang BaliPure is made of superstars eh. Kami team kami na lumaban noong semis ngayon dalawa kaming team na naglalaban. Naipakita ng Air Force na mas buo sila kasi mas matagal na silang naglalaro at yun ang kailangan naming ma-overcome on Saturday,” Abella said.
Best Opposite hitter winner Michele Gumabao’s 22 points and the combined efforts of 2nd Best Outside Spiker recipient Myla Pablo and Elaine Kasilag went down the drain. But the game showed a silver lining as Siemens Dadang contributed with 11 points including five kill blocks while veteran libero Melissa Gohing showed her vintage form with 31 digs and 14 receives.
Abella is confident about his players’ skills, they just need to work on their focus in the game.
“More than the technical side and the skills, ang mind-setting ang kailangan naming pagtuunan ng pansin,” he said.
A point to take seriously to extend the series to a Game 3 on Monday.
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