MANILA – Defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force earned a share of second place in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference after beating BaliPure-National University on Sunday at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum.
The Lady Warriors got a superb game from local star Myla Pablo as they bucked a second set meltdown to claim a 25-19, 10-25, 25-17, 25-21 triumph over the young BaliPure-NU crew.
With the victory, Pocari-Air Force snapped the Water Defenders' three-game winning streak.
Both Pocari-Air Force and BaliPure now have identical 3-2 win-loss records, putting them into a tie for second place along with the idle PayMaya High Flyers.
"Yung first set naming maganda ang nilaro, ang pangalawa siguro na-overconfident lang. Buti nakabalik kaagad kami," Pocari coach Jasper Jimenez said after the game.
Pablo led the way for Pocari-Air Force with 21 points on 14 kills, four blocks, and three aces. Arielle Love had 18 points, while Madeline Palmer scored 13 points on top of 10 digs and 15 successful receptions.
Also earning praise from Jimenez was Cesca Racraquin, who subbed in for Palmer in the fourth set whenever she was in the back row.
"Malaking factor 'yung pagpasok ko kay Racraquin," said Jimenez. "Maganda ang hugot ko sa kanya."
Janisa Johnson had 15 points, and Alexis Matthews added 14 for the Water Defenders.
BaliPure scored 34 free points off Pocari's unforced errors, but they struggled to navigate the Lady Warriors' net defense as they were turned back 12 times.