Defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force registered its first win of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference on Sunday by downing BanKo-Perlas in four sets at the People's Gym in Tuguegarao.
Imports Maddie Palmer and Arielle Love, together with top local star Myla Pablo, scored in double-digits to steer the Lady Warriors to a 15-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 triumph.
This was Pocari Sweat's second straight game. The Lady Warriors opened their title-retention bid on the wrong note by bowing to PayMaya, 20-25, 19-25, 22-25, on Saturday at the same venue.
They appeared headed for another upset loss after a slow start that saw them drop the opening set to BanKo-Perlas, which had momentum on their side after a five-set triumph over powerhouse Creamline, also on Saturday.
With Love and Palmer leading the way, however, the Lady Warriors found their rhythm and dominated the next three frames.
"Marami talaga kaming naging problema kahapon," said Pablo. "Kaya bago nitong game, talagang nag-usap kaming team about sa mga kailangan naming ayusin, like serve-receive at depensa."
"Nag-work naman today, and happy kami na makakauwi kami nang may panalo," she added.
Palmer finished with 16 points and Love added 15 markers, as the two imports bounced back following poor debuts that saw them combine for just 15 points.
Pablo also scored 15 points for the Lady Warriors, who linked up with the Air Force Lady Jet Spikers in their bid for another Reinforced Conference title.
The Lady Warriors had a slim 45-44 advantage in attacks, but dominated in terms of blocks (11-5) and aces (11-6).
Imports Jutarat Montripila and Lakia Bright each scored 18 points for BanKo-Perlas.
Both teams now have 1-1 win-loss records following the PVL's first out-of-town trip of the conference.
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