Pocari Sweat, UST dispute Final Four top seed
Mark Escarlote on Nov 01, 2016 11:14 PM
Pocari Sweat battles University of Sto. Tomas for the semifinals no. 1 spot.
Experience against youth collide on Wednesday when the waxing-hot Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors and University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses dispute the top spot in the Final Four to close the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference elimination round at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The Lady Warriors put their five-game winning streak on the line against an inspired Tigresses side in the 6:00 p.m. tussle that will air live over ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 and ABS-CBN S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.
Pocari Sweat and UST are tied on top of the standings at 5-1 win-loss records.
The winner will occupy the no. 1 seat and will take on the no. 4 seed in the best-of-three semifinals. The loser will tie Bureau of Customs (5-2) and will determine the final placing via tiebreak. If BaliPure (4-2) hurdles Philippine Coast Guard to end the elims, a tiebreak will determine which team will occupy the no. 2 to 4 spots.
Behind American import Bre Mackie, who is averaging 18 points per game and leads the statistics in attack efficiency and blocking, Michele Gumabao and Myla Pablo, Pocari Sweat is on a five-game roll including a 25-16, 12-25, 25-21, 25-19 win against rival BaliPure last Saturday.
“We’ll still push for the no. 1 spot. Hopefully makuha namin but I know UST will give us a good fight,” said Lady Warriors coach Rommel Abella, who will clash for the first time with former UST Tigers teammate and close buddy Tigresses coach Kungfu Reyes.
The Tigresses are playing on a high level with their young and aggressive players led by EJ Laure, skipper Pam Lastimosa, Cherry Rondina, Ria Meneses and sophomore Carla Sandoval.
UST recovered from a straight sets loss to BoC with a thrilling five-set escape over Laoag, 25-22, 25-27, 18-25, 27-25, 15-12, last October 19.
It may look like the Tigresses went on a long break but in that league layoff UST competed and won the title in the University Games.
The all-Filipino Espana-based hopes to bring the huge morale boost in their match.
UST is also looking to make a repeat of its incredible upset of another American reinforced team in BaliPure which the Tigresses defeated in four sets.
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