PVL: Pocari overpowers Perlas for 2nd straight win


Posted at May 09 2017 07:34 PM

Pocari Sweat's Jeanette Panaga tests the defense of Perlas' Amy Ahomiro. Handout photo

MANILA, Philippines – Pocari Sweat picked up its second win in a row, clipping Perlas, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Tuesday.

After losing their first two matches, the Lady Warriors roared back into contention with their 2-2 win-loss record, currently tied with Perlas for a share of second place.

With their imports' stints still on hold pending the release of the International Transfer Certificates, the locals continue to hog the spotlight. Myla Pablo, Elaine Kasilag, and Jeanette Panaga took charge against the Lady Spikers, who struggled with their reception in the game.

Dragged into a back-and-forth duel in the first two sets, the Lady Warriors finished strong in both frames to take control, then survived their foes' tough stand in the third to complete the sweep.

"I guess they're complementing each other's game now, but I want everybody to chip in since that's what the team needs," said Pocari coach Rommel Abella.

Pablo had 13 points, while Kasilag and Panaga scored 12 apiece. Maricar Nepomuceno added 10 points for the Lady Warriors.

Dzi Gervacio scored eight points for Perlas. 

Earlier, Cignal TV Inc. fought back strong from a tight first-set defeat and foiled Café Lupe, 23-25, 25-19, 25-6, 25-23, to join Sta. Elena and Army in the lead in the men’s tournament.

The Cignal HD Spikers actually overpowered the Sunrisers, 60-34, in attack points but needed to toughen up after yielding the opening frame with five players churning out double-digit scores, including 16 by Lorenzo Capate.

Café Lupe, which drew a combined 25-hit output from Jahir Ebrahim and Joshua Barrica, dropped to 0-3.

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