DEFENDING champion Pocari Sweat looks to regain its top form to gain a measure of revenge when it faces Air Force in the round robin quarterfinals of the Premier Volleyball League on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
Game time is at 4:00 p.m.
The Lady Warriors, who finished the eliminations with a 6-4 card, missed out on an outright semis berth due to an inferior quotient after the loss to Air Force on Thursday.
But the two-time champion, which absorbed back-to-back losses, is looking to find its rhythm back behind American import Michelle Strizak, who scored a league-high 40 points in a losing effort for the Lady Warriors.
Strizak, though, expressed confidence in her team’s ability to bounce back even without Bosnian import Edina Selimovic due to torn hamstring on her right leg and veteran Myla Pablo due to aggravated back spasms.
“I think like every import here has a lot of expectations. It’s definitely gonna be harder without her (Selimovic),” she said. “But we’ve faced a lot of adversities this year so we’re just gonna keep on fighting.”
Jeanette Panaga, Elaine Kasilag and Cai Nepomuceno, who were limited to a single-digit output in their previous outing, will have to step up and help Strizak get the win.
Meanwhile, Air Force hopes to build on its morale-boosting win over Pocari Sweat.
The Lady Jet Spikers will again rely on Thai import Patcharee Saengmuang, locals Joy Cases, Jocemer Tapic and Iari Yongco to repeat against the Lady Warriors.