Defense does the trick as Pocari Sweat blanks Laoag

Pocari Sweat needed to just warm up before easily dispatching Laoag in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. 

The Lady Warriors traded blows with the Power Smashers in the opening frame, but ran away in the last two to complete the 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 sweep.

Assistant coach Rommel Abella, who’s filling in for Thai mentor Tai Bundit, said his team’s defense did the trick against Laoag.

“Mas maganda talaga yung ni-receive namin ngayon kasi dun talaga kami nag-focus the past two trainings namin,” he said. “Nag-focus kami sa receive and block.”

Pocari Sweat held the Power Smashers to just 30.7% in spiking accuracy while essaying 7 offensive blocks, with Myla Pablo and Elaine Kasilag posting 2 apiece.

Top Laoag scorer Jema Galanza was also held to just 9 points while Mylene Paat was the only other Power Smasher to contribute more than 5 markers.

“Ang focus talaga namin as a team is yung gagawin namin on the court. Hindi yung tinitignan namin kung sino makakalaban namin,” he said. “Essentials kumbaga, kung paano manalo dun sa laro.”

Now armed with a 3-0 card, the Lady Warriors don’t want to look too far ahead even after posting impressive wins so far.

“We’re taking this tournament one game at a time. Cliché as it may sound pero ganun talaga yung focus namin ngayon e,” Abella shared. “Kung sino yung kalaban namin, dun muna kami nagfo-focus. Hindi namin ino-overlook kung sino pa yung iba naming kalaban, yung pmuna pinagtutuunan namin ng pansin.” — By Joyce Palad