• Pocari survives P. Smashers, nears finals


    Myla Pablo goes for a crosscourt hit during the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference games at The Arena in san Juan City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Pocari Sweat blew a two-set lead but proved steadier in the decider as it carved out a 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 22-25, 15-12 decision over the Power Smashers to close in on the other finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference in San Juan City on Saturday.

    The Lady Warriors fell short by four in power attacks against the Power Smashers, 48-52, but made up for the slack with solid blocking, 15-13, while producing two aces more than their stubborn rivals, 8-6, to clinch the victory in their side of the best-of-three semis series.

    Earlier, top seed BaliPure rallied past Creamline, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21, to likewise move a win from advancing to the finals of the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.

    Michelle Strizak fired 20 points while Myla Pablo blasted in 16 hits and Jeanette Panaga and Desiree Dadang combined for 27 markers as the defending champions kept their win run going following a sweep of the quarters round to clinch the No. 3 seeding.

    Thai import Kannika Tipachot matched Strizak’s output but Hyapa Amporn and Jovelyn Prado combined for 29 hits but the Power Smashers’ hot rally fizzled out in the stretch of the fifth set.

    Victories by Pocari and BaliPure in Game Two tomorrow will arrange a titular showdown between the Lady Warriors and the Water Defenders with the former eyeing a second straight championship in the import-laced tournament of the league backed by Mikasa and Asics.

    But expect the Power Smashers and Creamline to bounce back strong and send their respective Final Four duels into a decider on Thursday.


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