Pocari Sweat grounds Air Force, forces title rubbermatch

Mark Escarlote on Jul 16, 2016 09:17 PM
Pocari Sweat grounds Air Force, forces title rubbermatch
Pocari Sweat takes Game 2 of best-of-three Finals series against Air Force to force a title decider on Monday.

The celebration for the 13th V-League Open Conference champion will have to wait for another two days.

Pocari Sweat forced a rubbermatch in the best-of-three championship series on Saturday taking Game 2 to keep its title-bid alive against Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers, 17-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-20, at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Game 3 is on Monday.

The Lady Warriors are in a good position to duplicate their impressive comeback from a series deficit in the semifinals where they booted out the favored BaliPure Purest Water Defenders. 

“Ganoon nga yata kami eh. Sabi nga nila bida raw, nagpapabugbog muna sa simula,” said Pocari Sweat assistant coach Rommel Abella. “Good thing na-overcome namin ang one-set deficit namin kanina at nakabawi ang mga bata.”

It is Pocari Sweat’s first win against the Jet Spikers in three outings since the elimination round including sorry Game 1 loss, 17-25, 25-20, 15-25, 26-24, 15-11, last Wednesday.

The duo of 2nd Best Outside Spiker winner Myla Pablo and Elaine Kasilag carried the fate of the Lady Warriors on their shoulders not giving the Jet Spikers a chance to comeback in the tight fourth set.

Pablo finished with 19 points coming off 17 kills and a pair of kill blocks while Kasilag had 11 markers and 13 excellent digs. Best Opposite Hitter Michele Gumabao registered only seven points after scoring 22 in the series opener.  

Air Force with their backs against the wall came back from an early deficit in the fourth and taking a 15-14 lead. Pocari Sweat reclaimed the league and held a 19-17 advantage before Joy Cases cut it to one.

The Lady Warriors answered with three straight points for a 22-18 lead. Air Force fired back with two straight points to close the gap to two but the Lady Warriors blasted a finishing three-point spurt capped by a Gumabao down the line kill and a superb kill block by Siemens Dadang on May Ann Pantino.       

Pantino had 17 points while Joy Cases and Jocemer Tapic had 11 markers each for the Jet Spikers. Judy Ann Caballejo had a quiet night with only six points.




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