Failing to clinch a semis berth for the first time since debuting in the league, the Pocari Sweat-Air Force Lady Warriors closed the curtains early, finishing with a quick win over the Adamson-Akari Lady Falcons, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23, at the Batangas City Coliseum.
After falling short of the Finals for the first time in the Reinforced Conference, the Lady Warriors absorbed their lowest finish since debuting in the PVL in 2016. The three-time league champions finished with a 7-7 record, good for fifth place.
Team captain Myla Pablo led the Lady Warriors in their final outing, tallying 16 points. The two-time PVL MVP expressed her acceptance of the team’s performance, knowing nothing good will come from dwelling on their shortcomings.
“Kami naman, noong game pa lang ng Petro Gazz saka Ateneo, tinanggap na lang talaga namin na hindi na kami aabot sa semis,” Pablo recalled, as the Angels clinched the last semis berth. “Sabi namin i-enjoy na lang namin ang natitirang game namin para naman maganda naman ang standing namin.”
Chiara Permentilla topped the Lady Falcons with 10 markers, while Krich Macaslang and Ceasa Pinar each added seven.
The Lady Falcons (0-13) aim to end their campaign with a solitary win when they face the Creamline Cool Smashers (9-3) on Saturday.
Pocari Sweat-Air Force (3) – Pablo 16, Pantino 10, Cabalsa 6, Palomata 6, Panaga 6, Semana 4, Cases 3, Balmaceda (L), Tempiatura (L)
Adamson-Akari (0) – Permentilla 10, Macaslang 7, Pinar 7, Genesis 4, Soyud 4, Igao 3, Ave 2, Roque 1, Yandoc 1, Uy 0, Ponce (L)