12:30 p.m. -- 100 Plus vs. IEM (Spikers’ Turf)
4 p.m. -- Laoag vs. PAF (V-League)
6 p.m. -- BaliPure vs. BOC (V-League)
POCARI Sweat vented its ire on Philippine Coast Guard, 25-17, 25-9, 25-16, to enter the win column in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena yesterday.
“We have a sluggish start but good thing that the ladies were able to regain their composure and win this important game for us,” said Lady Warriors coach Rommel Abella after the 72-minute match.
Coming off a five-set loss to Philippine Air Force in a rematch of the Open Conference Finals, Pocari Sweat opened the game flat but got its rhythm behind skipper Michelle Gumabao as well as American reinforcements Andrea Kacsits and Bre Mackie.
Gumabao had four service aces for a 14-point outing while Kacsits and Mackie combined for 20 points for the Lady Warriors.
Fil-Am setter Iris Tolenada, seeking to rebound from her poor outing the last time out, took care of business in the first two frames by tossing in 14 excellent sets for Pocari Sweat.
“It feels great. It’s a very huge boost to our team. I think we can go up from here,” said Tolenada.
The Lady Warriors’ other playmaker Gyzelle Sy came through with 16 excellent sets on top of four service aces.
Abella is very much aware of Pocari Sweat’s burden of being the favorite in the season-ending conference, especially with an intact roster from the Open Conference title run, plus the foreign reinforcements and Tolenada.
“In every competition, pressure is always there. So it’s all about how you harness that pressure and give it that to your advantage,” said Abella.
The Lady Warriors delivered 41 spikes against the Lady Dolphins’ 15 in the lopsided victory.
Grenlen Malapit had seven points and four digs while Samantha Dawson added five markers for PCG, which stumbled to its fourth straight loss.
In the Spikers’ Turf, Mark Alfafara fired 18 hits while Howard Mojica tossed in 16 points and collected four digs as Air Force defeated Cignal, 16-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23, in a rematch of the Open Conference Finals to improve at 2-0.