Pocari Sweat makes mighty comeback in third for win no. 4
Mark Escarlote on Oct 24, 2016 05:58 PM
Pocari Sweat came back from a seven-point deficit in the third set to complete a sweep of Laoag and secure at least a playoff for a semis spot.
Pocari Sweat played like a well-oiled machine, unleashing precision attacks while clamping down on defense especially in the third set to punish Laoag, 25-13, 25-20, 26-24, Monday and secure at least a playoff for a semifinals seat in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The Open Conference champion fought back from a precarious 22-15 deficit in the last frame with a huge 11-2 rally to steal the set and pluck its fourth straight win in five outings to move to second place behind semifinals-bound University of Sto. Tomas (5-1) while sending Laoag to its third straight defeat.
Coming off a huge straight sets demolition of the favored Bureau of Customs Saturday night, the inspired Lady Warriors cruised past Laoag with American reinforcement Bre Mackie and locals Myla Pablo and Michele Gumabao doing most of the damage.
Towering American middle blocker Andrea Kacsits and mainstay Desiree Daang did a great job in front of the net as they made the Power Smashers main hitters Jorelle Singh and Grethcel Soltones bleed for points.
But it was the composure of the veteran team that extended Pocari Sweat’s set win to 12 straight. Laoag pushed to set point on a Jovelyn Prado off speed but an overcooked jump serve by Soltones sparked the beginning of the end for the Power Smashers.
Laoag gave four errors in the next five points of Pocari Sweat with Aiko Urdas hitting the net on her attack miscue that tied the set at 24. Pablo completed the mighty comeback with back-to-back kills to stun Laoag.
"Very proud naman ako sa nangyari na naka-comeback kami and sa kanila rin nanggaling kung ano ang mga mali at saka kung ano ang mga kailangang gawin," said Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella.
Mackie scored 21 points built on 16 kills, three kill blocks and a pair of aces while adding five digs on the defensive end. Kacsits got seven points, Elaine Kasilag got six while Dadang and Pablo scored five each for Pocari Sweat.
The Power Smashers kept the game close in the second set but lost steam midway in the frame when Pocari Sweat setter Iris Tolenada scored an amazing shot to the backline while kneeling on the back row after getting the ball on a pancake save. Tolenada’s point sparked a 3-0 scoring run that broke a 15-all deadlock.
Laoag put up another resistance only to be easily extinguished by the Lady Warriors with Mackie closing the 2-0 match lead with a thunderous kill to the backline.
Laoag dropped to 2-4 card and are on the brink of bowing out of the semis contention. Another loss against BaliPure on Wednesday will formally boot out the Power Smashers.
Soltones was limited to only 10 points while Singh had nine.
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