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‘Pocari’, Customs open duel

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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POCARI Sweat coach Rommel Abella has only three  words to say in the much-anticipated Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference title showdown with  Bureau of Customs.

“We are ready,” said Abella, moments after the reigning Open Conference titlists swept University of Santo Tomas in the semifinals.

Hoping to complete a championship double this season, the Lady Warriors are heavy favorites against the Transformers in the Finals opener set at 6 p.m.

Pocari Sweat hacked out a 25-22, 25-22, 25-14 victory over Customs in their lone meeting last Oct. 22, but for American guest player Bre Mackie, the best-of-three series could be a different story.

“It’s gonna be tough it could go in three games, but it’s gonna be really good. I’m excited to play in the Finals,” said Mackie.
   
While the Lady Warriors are on a roll, the Transformers took a difficult road to make it to the championship round in their maiden conference in the league.
   
Customs needed three games to eliminate BaliPure in the Final Four, with ace hitters Alyssa Valdez and Thai reinforcement Kanjana Kuthaisong finally connecting well.
   
If the going gets tough, expect the Transformers to turn to Valdez, who has yet to win a championship in any tournament this year.
   
“Suwerte kami na may Alyssa Valdez kami,” said Customs coach Sherwin Meneses. “Sa mga ganoong sitwasyon, alam mong gagawa siya.”
   
In the battle for the bronze medal, the Tigresses and the Water Defenders open their own best-of-three series at 4 p.m.
   
Meanwhile, Philippine Air Force seeks for a golden double in the Spikers’ Turf as it goes for the jugular against Cignal in Game 2 of the Third Conference title series at 12:30 p.m.
   
The Jet Spikers nearly blew a two-set edge but regrouped in time to outlast the HD Spikers, 23-25, 19-25, 25-19, 27-25, 15-12, in last Wednesday’s opener.
   
Champion Supra, which repulsed Instituto Estetico Manila, 25-19, 25-23, 27-29, 25-13, in Game 1, seeks to clinch the bronze medal in the other match at 10:30 a.m.