POCARI Sweat and BaliPure rekindle their rivalry in a potential semifinals preview today in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena.
The Lady Warriors and the Water Defenders collide at 4 p.m., in the teams’ first meeting since the Open Conference semifinals which the former emerged victorious in the best-of-three series that went into the full route.
Bureau of Customs, also assured of a semifinals berth, takes on already eliminated Philippine Air Force in the nightcap at 6 p.m.
The semis cast has already been completed as early as last Wednesday, with University of Santo Tomas, the lone collegiate team standing, leading the way with a 5-1 record.
Pocari Sweat and BaliPure are currently tied in second place with a 4-1 card. The Transformers are running fourth with a 4-2 and could possibly face the Tigresses in the best-of-three semifinals if the standings won’t change at the end of the elimination round on Wednesday.
All eyes will be on the Lady Warriors-Water Defenders showdown, as both squads are on a four-game winning streak.
The two teams boast of talented American guest players, with Bre Mackie and Kay Kacsits leading the way for Pocari Sweat, while Kate Morrell and Kaylee Manns are taking charge of BaliPure.
The Lady Warriors are hoping that their Fil-Am playmaker Iris Tolenada will perform well in the battle of setters, as Manns is currently the tournament leader in the setting department.
If Tolenada gets her game going, expect Mackie and Kacsits to do the damage on offense for Pocari Sweat along with local aces Michelle Gumabao and Myla Pablo.
For the Water Defenders, Morrell, along with mainstays Amy Ahomiro and Dzi Gervacio, are delivering the needed points, thanks to the brilliant playmaking of Manns, who can also score when needed.
With the semis slot already in the bag, Customs is expected to do some experiment of plays and rotation, which will be a big help for coach Sherwin Meneses in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Lady Jet Spikers, runner-up to the Lady Warriors in the Open Conference, are simply hoping to end their disappointing campaign on a bright note.