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Pocari Sweat-Air Force inches closer to semifinals, escapes Bali Pure-NU



Tiebreaker Times Pocari Sweat-Air Force inches closer to semifinals, escapes Bali Pure-NU News NU PVL Volleyball  Wendy Semana Pocari Sweat-Air Force Lady Warriors Myla Pablo Maddie Palmer Jellie Tempiatura Jasper Jimenez Janisa Johnson Bali-Pure NU Water Defenders Babes Castillo Alexis Matthews 2018 PVL Women's Reinforced Conference 2018 PVL Season

After a disappointing loss, the Pocari Sweat-Air Force Lady Warriors dug deep and swiped a five-setter against the Bali Pure-National University Water Defenders, 29-27, 20-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-13, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Warriors needed to wake up, trailing 1-2 and heading into the fourth set without any momentum. Pocari Sweat eventually forced a fifth set, but needed to squeeze out the match’s second extension.

Seeing a lack of energy from his squad, Pocari Sweat head coach Jasper Jimenez reminded his players that they were facing a high school squad.

“Sinabi ko nga sa kanila na karamihan ng kalaban namin ay high school na nakakakuha ng motivation nila sa imports. Dapat kami din, dapat may motivation din kami,” said Jimenez.

In the fifth set, Pocari Sweat took control after consecutive Bali Pure errors handed them a 7-4 lead. The Water Defenders closed the gap late, pulling a cross-court hit frin Mihcaela Belen to force a 13-all knot. Belen, however, pulled her team back with a hitting error. Maddie Palmer then punctuated the match with a down-the-line hit.

“Kung natalo kami kanina, sobrang hirap na makapasok kami sa semis. Kaya very thankful ako sa players. Maganda nilaro nila today,” closed Jimenez.

Myla Pablo topped Pocari Sweat with 22 points, while Palmer finished with 21.

Janisa Johnson led the Water Defenders with a season-high 35 points. Her fellow import Alexis Matthews added 19.

The Lady Warriors (3-1) can book their semis seat with a win over Tacloban Fighting Warays (0-3) on Saturday at the FilOil Flyimg V Centre. Bali Pure (1-2) face a must-win situation, also on Saturday, against the BanKo Perlas Spikers (2-0).

The Scores

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Pocari Sweat-Air Force (3) – Pablo 22, Palmer 21, Love 14, Antipuesto 5, Panaga 4, Semana 1, Yongco 1, Palomata 0, Racraquin 0, Tempiatura (L)

Bali Pure-NU (2) – Johnson 35, Matthews 19, Doria 14, Nisperos 13, Belen 11, Cagande 3, Paran 2, Doromal 1, Nierva (L)

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.