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    Pocari-Air Force battles Petro Gazz in match of streaking PVL teams

    May 29, 2018
    Myla Pablo and the Warriors look to make it three straight wins. Dante Peralta

    TITLEHOLDER Pocari Sweat-Air Force hopes to ride on the momentum of its back-to-back wins as it shoots for solo second against a resurgent PetroGazz side on Wednesday as the race to the quarterfinals heats up in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.

    The Lady Warriors made up for an early skid with victories over the Iriga-Navy Lady Oragons and the BaliPure-NU Water Defenders to join the idle PayMaya High Flyers at second at 3-2, behind the Creamline Cool Smashers’ pacesetting 4-1 mark.

    The Angels are back in the hunt after dropping their first three matches, beating the BanKo-Perlas Spikers and the Lady Oragons to move to joint fifth heading to the last four playdates in the single round elimination among eight teams in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.

    The Warriors and Angels clash at 4 p.m.

    Tacloban, which also totes a 2-3 card, battles Iriga-Navy (1-3) at 6:30 p.m. in a crucial match between struggling teams.

    Cignal and Instituto Estetico Manila tangle in the lone men’s match at 1 p.m.

    The HD Spikers, the Phoenix Volley Masters and Vice Co. Blockbusters share the lead with 2-1 cards.

    “Our last two games are must-wins for us so in case of a tie or quotient, we have a shot at the top two slots,” said Pocari coach Jasper Jimenez.

    PetroGazz, meanwhile, is again expected to draw another big game from import Olena Lymareva-Flink of Ukraine, who replaced injured Kadi Kullerkann. She had 16 points and 14 digs in her debut against Iriga-Navy.

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    The Angels also lost Rachel Austero (left shin stress fracture), with Cherry Nunag filling in her spot, while Wensh Tiu is out for at least two weeks due to a foot injury.

    “We’d like to perform better. The players had a string of injuries but the rest are motivated and ready to perform,” said PetroGazz coach Jerry Yee. 

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    Myla Pablo and the Warriors look to make it three straight wins. Dante Peralta
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