FATIGUE has apparently taken its toll on Pocari Sweat after the Lady Warriors played their fourth fifth-setter in the last five matches in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
The Lady Warriors looked to end the match after leading 2-0 but faltered and ran out of steam as the Power Smashers tied the contest and forced a decider with a come-from-behind win, 24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-13, on Thursday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City in their best-of-three semifinal series..
“Actually ‘yun din ang ano namin sobrang pagod na rin kasi,” said Pocari Sweat veteran Myla Pablo, whose team came from the round robin quarterfinals.
The Lady Warriors, who are looking to make their third consecutive Finals appearance, blew its chances of an outright semis berth after finishing third at the end of eliminations, while Power Smashers and BaliPure secured the top two semis posts.
Pocari Sweat had to overcome Air Force in a five-setter duel on a Tuesday, then on Thursday it had to survive Creamline in a match that also went down-the-wire before the Lady Warriors finally triumphed via straight sets over Perlas on Saturday last week.
“Quarterfinals diretso ang games namin, wala kaming pahinga,” said Pablo.
“May game ngayon tapos bukas training ng gabi minsan nga 12 (midnight) na kami nakakauwi kasi ang training namin 7-10. Kinabukasan may game na naman,” she added.
Pablo, who’s still from aggravated back spasms, pointed out that they are trying their best not to focus on the physical stress.
But it is inevitable that their bodies are not going in sync with their minds.
“Although hindi naman pwedeng isipin mo na pagod ka pero ‘yung katawan mo at utak mo ayaw na magtugma,” she said.
“Iniisip ng utak mo na ‘wag kang mapagod pero ‘yung katawan mo ayaw na gumalaw,” she added.
Pocari Sweat will face Power Smashers in a do-or-die match on Thursday and Pablo hopes that they can recover fast and finish off the series.