POCARI Sweat improved its blocking in the last two sets to outlast BaliPure, 18-25, 21-25, 26-24, 27-25, 15-13, for its sixth straight win in the PVL Reinforced Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Bosnian Edina Selimovic delivered a key block - the Lady Warriors’ 14th of the match - on the Water Defenders’ American reinforcement Jennifer Keddy and delivered the winning kill to help the defending champions grab the top spot in the game featuring foreign players for the first time this season.
“Yung effort nila in terms of blocking, saludo naman ako,” said Pocari Sweat coach John Abella. “Pero sabi ko nga sa kanila, kung ganoon ang effort namin starting the game, malamang mapapadali sana ang buhay namin.”
Selimovic had seven blocks to finish with 24 points to lead the Lady Warriors, who now looked potent than ever with the imports finally seeing action after a three-week wait due to delays in the release of International Transfer Certificates.
Pocari Sweat prevailed despite losing skipper Myla Pablo midway in the second frame due to recurring back spasms.
“Myla is playing in pain in three or four games,” said Abella.
American Michelle Strizak added 16 points and 10 digs while Elaine Kasilag was the Lady Warriors’ best local scorer with 13 hits.
BaliPure has now lost two in a row after a 4-0 start.
Keddy paced the Water Defenders with 21 hits while Thai Jeng Bualee, playing in front of the Filipino fans for the first time in a long while, had 17 points and 12 digs.
BaliPure’s Grethcel Soltones pumped in 18 points but was visibly frustrated late in the game due to Pocari Sweat’s solid net defense.
Men’s action saw Air Force, behind the 35 points of Tawi-Tawi duo of Fauzi Ismail and Ran Abdilla, turned back military rival Army, 25-22, 25-20, 27-25, to tie idle Sta. Elena in second place at 2-1.