Pocari Sweat out to finish off BoC, capture second straight crown
Mark Escarlote on Nov 14, 2016 07:14 AM
Pocari Sweat will march into the pivotal Game 2 of the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference best-of-three Finals series with a sense of urgency.
Ahead 1-0, the Lady Warriors goes for the jugular when they meet the Bureau of Customs Transformers on Monday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The Lady Warriors don’t want to give the Transformers a chance to regroup and force a decider on Wednesday.
They want to bag their second straight crown in their debut season in the league now.
“Ganoon talaga dapat may sense of urgency 'yung mga players,” said Pocari Sweat head coach Rommel Abella, whose wards wanted a fitting follow up to their Open Conference conquest four months ago.
Action begins at 6:00 p.m. and will air live over S+A channel 23 and S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.
Pocari Sweat destroyed BoC, 25-22, 25-18, 25-18, in the series opener last Saturday as the Lady Warriors extended their tournament winning streak to nine straight.
American open spiker Bre Mackie and Michele Gumabao scored 13 points each in the opener while middles Desiree Dadang and 6-foot-4 American import Andrea Kacits held their ground in front of the net posting four kill blocks each in the Lady Warriors' impressive total of 15. They finished with seven points each.
Open Conference MVP Myla Pablo, Fil-Am setter Iris Tonelada and the rest of the Lady Warriors played their role well in Game 1 and are expected to do the same in Game 2.
The Transformers has yet to win a single set against Pocari Sweat.
But even after a dominating win, Abella doesn’t want his team to underestimate BoC, which is led by superstar Alyssa Valdez.
“It's on the mindset of the players kailangan instill namin na we still have to play. We just can't go in the arena and hope that Customs will just give us points. Hindi naman pwede yun,” he said. “So we'll just have to instill sa minds ng players na we have to play hard, we have to outwork 'yung effort na binibigay ng Customs. We have to double it.”
Pocari Sweat held Valdez and Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong to 12 and eight points, respectively. But Abella knows that BoC has the ability to mount a comeback.
The Transformers also fell to a 0-1 hole in the semifinals against BaliPure, losing in straight sets in the opener before regrouping just in time to make an incredible comeback to advance in the Finals.
“Nakita nila 'yung nangyari sa BaliPure and alam nila kung ano 'yung mga dapat gawin,” he said. “We'll be guarding against complacency and 'yun nga kailangan mindset namin down kami 0-1 para 'yung sense of urgency namin andun.
Gumabao shares the same thought.
“Kailangan lang talaga ang goal namin championship,” said the former De La Salle standout. “Hangga’t hindi namin nakakamit ang championship hindi kami magiging complacent and alam naman natin na ito ang nangyari noong semis, ‘diba? Talo ng Bali Pure ang Customs three sets, second and third game binawi nila. So kami on our part nag-ensayo kami ng mabuti para ready kami sa Monday.”
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