PVL: Pocari Sweat targets 2nd win against Perlas


Posted at May 09 2017 07:21 AM

Pocari Sweat is gunning for its second straight win. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – After finally notching their breakthrough win last Saturday, Pocari Sweat will try to make it two in a row when it takes on a surging Perlas side in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Warriors snapped a two-game slide with a 25-22, 25-14, 25-22 romp over Air Force on Saturday night to finally barge into the win column.

However, Pocari will be in for a tough time against a Perlas side that has won two of its first three assignments, including a remarkable five-set win over the Power Smashers also last Saturday.

Game time is at 4 p.m.

Myla Pablo will again take the charge for Pocari after scoring 23 points against the Lady Jet Spikers, who dropped to the bottom of the six-team field with a 1-3 win-loss slate.

Pocari coach Rommel Abella also hopes to draw solid games from Elaine Kasilag, Kai Nepomuceno, Jeanette Panaga, Desiree Dadang, and Gyzelle Sy.

Perlas, for its part, is hoping to keep its hold on second place behind unbeaten Bali Pure (3-0), with coach Jerry Yee banking on former University of the Philippines star Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon, and former Ateneo de Manila University standouts in Dzi Gervacio, Amy Ahomiro, Ella de Jesus, and ace setter Jem Ferrer.

The Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline Cool Smashers, meanwhile, will take on the Power Smashers in the main game at 6:30 p.m.

The Cool Smashers bounced back from a tough four-set loss to Perlas in the first day of the tournament by sweeping Air Force for a 1-1 win-loss slate.

Valdez, who has scored 46 points over the first two games, is once again expected to do the heavy lifting for Creamline, though veterans Ivy Remulla and Pau Soriano have been slowly but surely getting their rhythm.

Also making solid contributions for the Cool Smashers were Ceska Racraquin and Colleen Bravo.

In the men's division, Cignal will try to force a three-way tie for first place along with Sta. Elena and Army, as it shoots for win No. 2 against Café Lupe.

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