Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors cleverly extended their chances of winning V-L crown against Philippines Air Force after beating Jet Spikers in 4 sets, 17-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-20, Saturday night, at Philsports Arena in Pasig City. A fascinating climax awaits when these two teams Pocari Sweat and Air Force dispute for the Shakey’s V-League Crown.
Myla Pablo as usual led the team with impressive numbers, this time finished at 19 points titled at “best outside hitter”. While, Michele Gumabao titled as “best opposite Spiker” gave 18 markers combined with Kasilag. Pablo gave 21 hits per game on an average in the semi-finals round, but “Best Libero” award was grabbed by Melissa Gohing from Pocari Sweat.
Lady Warriors the season favourite comeback queens goes for a rubber match set at 6 PM face-off game 2 with a come-from-behind victory 17-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-20 came on last Saturday.
Pocari Interim coach Rommel Abella expressed his wards’ poise, especially in the 2nd and 3rd set that was neck-to-neck all through:
“We showed composure, which was lacking in our previous game,”
Myla Pablo agrees that her performance was low in the Game One 25-17, 20-25, 25-15, 24-26, 11-15 defeat. But Pablo and Gumabao both continued to hit required points in the deciding set that helped Lady Warriors stop Lady Jet Spiker.
Pablo however, now wants to concentrate on Game 3 and also expects amazing back-up from Elaine Kasilag who managed 11 points and 13 digs. Also to get solid support from the deadly trio of Desiree Dadang, Michelle Gumabao and Lut Malaluan that chipped 7 markers space.
However, rubber match is never considered based on those stats, momentum and tackling factors, in fact rubber match with both teams coaches might come out as a surprising element to perplex old play-patterns and planned strategies. Both teams are hungry and gritty, while Jet Spikers might try harder to win their first ever Shakey’s V-League crown after finishing at 4th place in 2013 and 2014.