DEFENDING champion Pocari Sweat hopes to ride the momentum from the second round-robin phase as it takes on well-rested Power Smashers in the best-of-three semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League.
The series opener is set at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Warriors clinched the No. 3 spot after completing a three-match sweep of the second round-robin phase.
The No. 2 Power Smashers, on the other hand, have not played a competitive match in eight days after clinching an outright semifinal spot.
Pocari Sweat played five-set matches against Air Force and Creamline before it pulled off a straight-set win over Perlas on Thursday, but coach Rommel Abella is not too worried about fatigue.
“Everytime you go through a five-setter game or a close game, nabi-build ‘yung confidence ng mga players and ‘yung character nila, nate-test,” said Abella, who is hoping that rust would affect the Power Smashers’ game.
“Hopefully kasi ’di ba gaya sa ibang events like basketball, rust, malaking kalaban ang long lay-off. So ’yun ang pinagpapanalangin namin,” said Abella.
Abella will again count on American import Michelle Strizak, veterans Myla Pablo, Cai Nepomuceno, Desiree Dadang, libero Mel Gohing and skipper Gyzelle Sy.