Pocari Sweat rips shorthanded Power Smashers for fourth straight win in PVL
Jeanette Panaga and the Lady Warriors score their fourth win in six outings. Dante Peralta

DEFENDING champion Pocari Sweat cruised to its fourth straight win, downing hapless Power Smashers, 25-21, 25-20, 20-16, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

Myla Pablo scored 18, while Elaine Kasilag added 12 to lead the Lady Warriors.

Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella stressed that they could have done much better.

Power Smashers played without Arellano University trio Jovelyn Prado, Regine Arocha and Andrea Marzan, who were in Baguio for the Intercollegiate.

“Hindi talaga (ako happy), far from satisfied, kasi although nanalo kami we’re far from satisfied sa nilaro ng mga bata,” he said.

“Ang sabi ko nga sa players ko before the game alam natin kulang ang kalaban so kailangan ang laro natin hindi sasabay doon sa ilalaro nila,” he added.

The two-time champion needed an hour and 15 minutes to beat the pesky Lady Warriors, improving to 4-2, solo second behind BaliPure with 3-1 record.

“Every timeout naman namin kanina pinapaalalahanan namin sila na short handed sila tapos sumasabay tayo,” said Abella.

“Ang sabi ko nga sa kanila if we have the lead kailangan matuto tayong mag-pad pa ng lead so noong third set lang namin nagawa,” he added.

University of Santo Tomas hitter Mary Dominique Pacres scored 10 for Power Smashers, who dropped to 3-3.


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