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    Pocari Sweat hopes to sustain momentum as it battles well-rested Power Smashers in PVL semis

    Jun 2, 2017
    Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella is hoping Power Smashers would struggle to regain ther rhythm after a long break. Dante Peralta

    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.

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    Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella is hoping Power Smashers would struggle to regain ther rhythm after a long break. Dante Peralta
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