As usual, Pocari Sweat lives to fight another day.
Showing composure after flunking the first set, the Lady Warriors turned back Air Force, 17-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-20, in Game 2 of their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference championship series Saturday night at the Philsports Arena.
Myla Pablo carried the torch on offense for Pocari Sweat, scoring 19 points off 17 hits and 2 blocks while Elaine Kasilag added 11 points and 13 digs.
It was a sluggish game for both teams, but the Lady Warriors proved to be the steadier squad, committing 9 less unforced errors in a match decided by a total of 11 points.
“Ganun yata talaga,” said coach Rommel Abella of Pocari’s slow start. “Good thing na na-overcome namin yung one-set deficit.”
The Lady Warriors get to chance to write a storybook ending to their campaign on Monday, when they face off with the Jet Spikers for one last time at the same venue.
After scoring 22 points in Game 1, team captain Michele Gumabao slowed down and finished with 7 markers — the same output of middle blockers Siemens Dadang and Lut Malaluan.
Meanwhile, May Ann Pantino led Air Force with 17 points, but her last spike attempt was blocked by Dadang for the match-clinching point.
Joy Cases and Jocemer Tapic had 11 markers apiece while Judy Caballejo struggled anew and mustered just 6. — By Josiah Albelda