Pocari hopes Myla Pablo back in full strength after bout with illness to force PVL Open finals decider
Pocari needs Myla Pablo back in full strength to keep their hopes of defending their title after playing through illness in the PVL Open finals opener. Dante Peralta

BALIPURE braces for the vaunted Pocari Sweat fightback as the Water Defenders seek to finish off the Lady Warriors and complete what they had failed to do the first time they got a crack at the Premier Volleyball League crown.

After a foiled bid in the Reinforced Conference finals against Pocari, the Water Defenders pounced on the Lady Warriors’ so-so showing in the opener of the best-of-three finals last Saturday, coming away with a surprising 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 victory that moved the team a win from nailing its first-ever title in the country’s premier women’s volley league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.

But BaliPure has a tough task ahead in its attempt to put away the defending champs in their 6:30 p.m. duel.

Pocari Sweat did vow to strike back and force a sudden death, which they won in its first title clash with BaliPure in the Reinforced Conference. But with top player Myla Pablo doubtful to play in full strength, coach Rico de Guzman will have to draw more from the rest of the Lady Warriors to stop the Water Defenders.

Pablo, who was held to just nine points in Game One, actually complained of pain on her abdomen since Saturday, which was later learned to have been caused by a UTI (urinary tract infection).

“She (Pablo) had pain on her abdomen since Saturday. On Sunday morning, she was brought to the hospital and they said she has UTI,” said a Pocari source.

But whether or not Pablo, the Conference MVP, will be in top form in Wednesday crucial match, the Water Defenders are more than ready to neutralize her and the rest of the Lady Warriors and nail the coveted championship.

Meanwhile, Cignal TV and Mega Builders also dispute the men’s crown at 1 p.m. after the 10 a.m. duel for third between Air Force and Sta. Elena while Creamline also seeks to wrap up its battle for third series with Air Force at 4 p.m.

The women’s games will be shown live on ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel 23 and via livestream on www.sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/pvl.

Games on Wednesday

10 a.m. – Air Force vs Sta. Elena (men’s for 3rd)

1 p.m. – Cigna TV vs Mega Builders (men’s for crown)

4 p.m. – Creamline vs Air Force (women’s for 3rd)

6:30 p.m. – BaliPure vs Pocari Sweat (women’s for crown) 

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