Two-time champs Pocari Sweat looks ahead for next SVL season
Mark Escarlote on Nov 15, 2016 02:41 PM
Pocari Sweat will try to keep its core intact and add other players for the next V-League season.
The biggest challenge for the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors after their successful debut in the 13th V-League is to keep the core of the squad intact.
Team manager Eric Ty said after the Lady Warriors completed their conquest of the Reinforced Conference Monday that the management is working on retaining most the Pocari Sweat crew while looking to add other talents.
“First gusto talaga namin is to keep the core intact for the next season,” said Ty during the victory party of the squad after Pocari Sweat completed a clean sweep of the best-of-three championship series capped by a 25-14, 25-10, 22-25, 25-23, Game 2 win against the Alyssa Valdez-led Bureau of Customs.
The Lady Warriors banked on American imports Bre Mackie, who won the Best Foreign Guest Player award, and Andrea Kacsits to deliver the team’s second title after capturing the Open Conference crown four months ago.
Pocari Sweat closed the season-ending tournament with 10 straight victories including two straight sets demolitions of BoC in the elims and in the Finals series Game 1 last Saturday. Their only loss came at the hands of Philippine Air Force, the same thing they defeated in three games for the Open Conference title.
Heading into the import-laden conference, Pocari Sweat unloaded some of its players that won the Open Conference crown including Lutgarda Malaluan and Rose Marie Vargas, who was released to after a buyout deal with her contract by the Transformers before the start of the tournament.
Looking ahead into the next conference, Ty said that they now have a shortlist of local players that will fill the positions of Mackie and middle Kacsits.
“We already have some names in mind pero siyempre were not yet disclosing them kasi ayaw namin na maapektuhan sila kasi some of them are still playing sa kanilang school sa collegiate league,” the team manager and also a lawyer said. "Ang gusto naming kunin yung mga players na hindi man ganoon ka-popular ay kaya namang punan 'yung position and willing to play their role sa team."
As for the curent roster, he revealed that one of the player that is sure to remain with the team is Myla Pablo.
The National University product and part of the national team that saw action in the Asian Women’s Seniors Championship in China last year will sign a 5-year contract to Pocari Sweat according to Ty.
As a gratitude for their players’ hard work, the Pocari Sweat management gave out incentives as reward for a job well done.
And as a bonus the team is set to fly to Japan for a vacation.
The Lady Warriors went to Hong Kong after they won the Open Conference title.
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