Pocari, UST dispute top V-League seeding

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Pocari Sweat and University of Santo Tomas collide today in what promises to be a slam-bang duel for the top seeding even as BaliPure guns for No. 2 against winless Coast Guard at the close of the elims phase of the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

Drawing strength from American reinforcement Bre Mackie, the Lady Warriors strung up five straight wins, including a 25-16, 12-25, 25-21, 25-19 triumph over the BaliPure Water Defenders last Saturday to crowd the Tigresses on top at 5-1.

And the Open Conference champions, backstopped by Kay Kacsits, Michelle Gumabao, Myla Pablo and Fil-Am setter Iris Tonelada, look poise to capping their amazing surge with another victory over the Tigresses in their 6 p.m. encounter.

Pocari Sweat’s Breanna Lee Mackie (partly hidden) foils BaliPure import Kaylee Manns attack as Melissa Gohing prepares to provide help during their Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference duel at the Philsports Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Pocari Sweat’s Breanna Lee Mackie (partly hidden) foils BaliPure import Kaylee Manns attack as Melissa Gohing prepares to provide help during their Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference duel at the Philsports Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“She’s been carrying the load for us and we hope she keeps it up,” said Pocari coach Rommel Abella of the power-hitting Mackie, who has churned out a 21-hit norm in their last two games to emerge the best spiker and blocker and third leading scorer behind Customs’ Alyssa Valdez and BaliPure import Kathy Morrell in the season-ending conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.


Despite their slight advantage in manpower, the Lady Warriors remain wary of the all-Pinay Tigresses, who have bucked the odds in the import-laced tournament backed by Mikasa as official ball and Accel as official outfitter.

UST, boasting of a loaded roster led by the crisp-hitting EJ Laure, Ria Meneses, Chloei Cortes, Cherry Rondina and Pam Lastimosa, is coming off a title romp in the recent University Games in Dumaguete and should provide the kind of challenge the Lady Warriors with have to thwart in their bid for No. 1

BaliPure, meanwhile, is heavily favored over Coast Guard in their 4 p.m. showdown with the Purest Water Defenders also priming up for the grueling semis series, a pair of best-of-three playoffs, where the No. 1 will face of with No. 3 and the Nos. 2 and 3 disputing the other finals berth.

The Pocari-UST match will be aired live over ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel 17 or 23 and via streaming on www.sports.abs-cbn.com and via streaming on www.v-league,ph, according to the organizing Sports Vision. The BaliPure-Coast duel will be shown on a delayed basis.

Victories by Pocari and BaliPure in three or four sets will net them the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, respectively, in the Final Four.

Games today
(Philsports, Pasig City)
12:30 p.m. – Champion vs Air Force (Spikers)
4 p.m. – BaliPure vs Coast Guard (V-League)
6 p.m. – UST vs Pocari Sweat (V-League)

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