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Pocari strikes

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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Games Wednesday: .

(Filoil Flying V Centre) 

4 p.m. – BanKo-Perlas vs Petro Gazz 

6:30 p.m. – BaliPure-NU vs Tacloban

POCARI Sweat-Air Force defeated Tacloban, 25-22, 25-17, 25-20, Saturday, ending its quarterfinal campaign with 4-1 slate in the PVL Reinforced Conference.

Whether the Lady Warriors will make the Final Four or not depends on the results of the last day of quarterfinal battle on Wednesday.

BanKo-Perlas (4-0) and Petro Gazz (3-1) clash this Wednesday in a matchup that has big implications for the three teams fighting for the two remaining slots.

A victory by the Perlas Spikers will eliminate the Angels, giving them and the Lady Warriors the last two semifinal berths.

Creamline and PayMaya made it to the Final Four outright after finishing 1-2 in the eliminations.

"Hindi pa kami sigurado, kasi may pag-asa pa ang Petro Gazz sa playoff," said Pocari Sweat coach Jasper Jimenez. "Pero sana manalo na ang BanKo-Perlas."

The Lady Warriors will go into a playoff for the last semis berth against the Perlas Spikers if the Angels win in three or four sets. Petro Gazz will be Pocari Sweat's opponent for the do-or-die game for the remaining Final Four slot if the newcomers beat BanKo-Perlas in five sets.

Jimenez was satisfied his Lady Warriors played in the quarterfinals as compared to the preliminaries, where the team's chemistry was a major problem.

"Oo naman," said Jimenez. "Mabuti at naka-recover si (setter) Wendy Semana at nakabalik kami."

Semana suffered an injury late in the prelims that sidelined her for a game before returning in the early part of the quarterfinals.

Pocari Sweat's late surge was also made possible with Myla Pablo's explosion in the last two quarters matches, while Americans Arielle Love and Maddie Palmer played consistent volleyball as of late.