The fever of Women’s Volleyball takes the spotlight once again when Pocari Sweat and National U launches its today’s faceoff, while fans are able also see Team Iriga and Baguio twist in action in the most thrilling Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference resumes at The Arena in San Juan.
Pre-season favorite Pocari Lady Warriors won over a tough team UP Lady Maroons with the score ended at 25-18, 25-14, 25-22. Meanwhile, National University Lady Bulldogs remain harder on Laoag Power Smasher 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21 on Sunday in the season-opening V-League action.
Over and again, Pocari women proved their strong action in the league gaining straight-set win, yet Rommel Abella the coach little doubtful about their performance against NU. He believes both teams are professional and equally talented, so his players need to work smarter when the clash begins.
“We’ll need to play a little more aggressive because NU is a strong team,” said Abella, calling the shots for coach Tai Bundit, who is currently in Thailand.
Looking for a follow-up win after trashing UP Lady Marron, Pocari’s Michelle Gumabao, Myla Pablo and Elaine Kasilag (34 hits combining) will have to put in some more efforts when banking on 6-foot-5 inches middle blocker Jaja Santiago, forceful Jorelle Singh, Aiko Urdas and Filipino-Japanese Risa Sato. Not to forget Santiago-led Lady Bulldogs, who saw action in 2015 Asian U-23 Championships and became two-time league champion. Santiago and the team drove 21-hit game against Laoag.
The championship is set to begin at 6.30 P.M, with the winner grabbing the solo lead round robin eliminations in all eight teams in the league backed by Mikasa and Accel. Both matches Pocari vs NU and Iriga vs Baguio will be aired live on league’s new television partner ABS-CBN Sports and Action Channel 23. Also catch Sta. Elena and Air Force square off at 1 p.m. in the Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Open Conference.