NO SWEAT: Pocari Sweat rules Reinforced Conference
Mark Escarlote on Nov 14, 2016 08:30 PM
Pocari Sweat completed its conquest of the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference.
Pocari Sweat was just too powerful.
The Lady Warriors overwhelmed their hapless prey Bureau of Customs, 25-14, 25-10, 22-25, 25-23 , Monday night to complete a best-of-three 13th V-League Reinforced Conference Finals sweep at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Best Foreign Guest Player winner American Bre Mackie was just unstoppable on offense while the vaunted net defense of Pocari Sweat gave the Transformers all sorts of trouble as the Lady Warriors annexed its second straight title in their debut season in the league after conquering the Open Conference four months ago.
BoC outworked the Lady Warriors in the third set but it only served as a minor delay to Pocari Sweat's championship celebration when former De La Salle stalwart Michele Gumabao with her patented swag caught fire in the fourth frame.
Mackie finished with 23 points anchored on 21 attacks while American middle Andrea Kacsits and Finals Most Valuable Player skipper Michele Gumabao had 14 markers each. Myla Pablo scored 13 while Desiree Dadang collected five kill blocks in her total of seven points for Pocari Sweat.
"Very happy kami kasi we accomplished what we came here for which is to win the Reinforced Conference," said Lady Warriors coach Rommel Abella. "From the start sinabi ko sa mga players ko na malakas ang team namin and it's just mind-setting lang kung gusto naming manalo mananalo naman talaga kami."
Pocari Sweat spoiled Customs’ star player Alyssa Valdez’s record-setting third Conference Most Valuable Player award and the Transfomers' Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong's 32-point explosion with plain brute force to end the conference with 10 straight wins.
After getting pummeled in the first two sets, the Transformers showed resistance in the third set to take a 17-13 lead. BoC extended its lead 23-21 before winning their first set win against Pocari Sweat with two unanswered points to close the frame.
Behind Valdez and Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong, BoC recovered from an early deficit to tie the fourth set at 14. Pocari Sweat reclaimed the lead 19-16 in a scoring stretch that featured two controversial non-calls against the Transformers.
BoC again tied the frame at 20 and the two squads engaged in a tug-of-war in the next couple of plays. Custom's Rose Marie Vargas, who played for Pocari Sweat in the Open Conference, comitted a crucial attack error and Desiree Dadang selaed the title with an ace.
Pocari Sweat also destroyed BoC, 25-22, 25-18, 25-18, in the series opener last Saturday.
Valdez was limited to her lowest point output of the conference with only 10 points. She had 15 receptions and 12 digs.
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