POCARI Sweat shoots for the second semifinal berth as it tangles with unpredictable Laoag today in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena.
Behind Americans Breanna Mackie and Kay Kacsits and Fil-Am setter Iris Tolenada, the Lady Warriors are looking good by winning three straight games after a opening day loss to grab a piece of second place.
When the ball starts flying at 4 p.m., Pocari Sweat hopes to display grace under pressure just like in last Saturday’s 25-22, 25-22, 25-14 victory over Bureau of Customs.
With the Power Smashers’ recent struggles, the Lady Warriors are tipped to get another semis stint and stay on track for a second straight championship after debuting with a title romp in the Open Conference early this year.
Only University of Santo Tomas, with a 5-1 mark, is assured of a spot in the semis in the tournament.
Pocari Sweat and idle BaliPure are tied at 3-1 while Customs slid to fourth at 3-2.
With a 2-3 slate, Laoag is in a must-win situation and another loss will put itself on the ropes.
Philippine Air Force, also sporting a 2-3 card, plays University of the Philippines in the 6 p.m. match which has also a lot of implications in the chase for the remaining three Final Four berth.
Not only the foreign reinforcements are delivering for the Lady Warriors but also their old reliables Myla Pablo, Michelle Gumabao and Desiree Dadang which keyed their winning streak.
Grethcel Soltones, Jorelle Singh, Aiko Urdas and Wenneth Eulalio will lead the way for the Power Smashers, with ace setter Chie Saet orchestrating the plays.
Meanwhile, Cignal seeks to improve its 2-1 card and capitalize on Philippine Army’s skid as they collide in the Spikers’ Turf at 12:30 p.m.