Pocari Sweat wins in five to force decider in PVL semis showdown with Air Force
Myla Pablo and the Lady Warriors extend the semifinal series to a third match. Dante Peralta

POCARI Sweat edged Air Force, 25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12, on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan to keep its to keep its title-retention bid alive in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.

The Lady Warriors, who lost in straight-sets in the opener of the best-of-three semifinal series on Saturday, forced a decider on Wednesday.

Myla Pablo did much better this time after a dismal performance in the series opener, scoring 22 points, Jeanette Panaga added 18 and Elaine Kasilag chipped in 12 for the Lady Warriors.

“Walang ka-enjoy enjoy ‘yung laro noong nakaraan. Sabi ko sa kanila ngayon, nabigyan tayo ng chance, mag-enjoy kayo,” said Pocari Sweat coach Rico de Guzman. 

“Kahit nagkakamali kayo mag-usap-usap kayo sa loob, magkaroon kayo ng leadership, kailangan masaya kayo doon sa ginagawa niyo,” he added.

Desiree Dadang had eight markers, while Gyzelle Sy and Cai Nepomuceno combined for eight markers as the Lady Warriors produced 53 kills compared to their total of 28 attack points in their previous match.

Pocari Sweat is looking to book its fourth straight finals appearance including the two final conferences of the V-League.

De Guzman reminded his wards not to underestimate Air Force like what they did in Game One.

“‘Yung Air Force sabik na sabik ’yan na makakuha ng champion at makafinals kasi hindi pa sila nagchachampion so kaya ganyan sila kaaggressive gagawin nila lahat para makapasok sa finals,” he said.

Dell Palomata scored 14 for Air Force, skipper Joy Cases added 13, Iari Yongco and May Ann Pantino each had 12 and Jocemer Tapic contributed 10 markers.

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