HEATHER Guino-o and Dimdim Pacres powered Tacloban in completing a conference sweep over Pocari Sweat-Air Force, 20-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-16, 15-13, in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
UAAP stars Guino-o and Pacres provided the clutch blows for the Fighting Warays to complete a huge comeback from a 1-2 set deficit and survive a tight fifth-set encounter with the Lady Warriors.
Coming off a huge fourth-set win that forced a decider, Tacloban started slow in the fifth set trailing 3-6 to Pocari but Guino-o rose to the occasion and tied the game to 7-all before both teams exchanged a series of errors until the Lady Warriors held a precarious 13-12 lead off Shola Alvarez’s service error.
But Pacres came to the rescue nailing the equalizer, followed by Guino-o’s matchpoint-clinching spike, 14-13, until Pacres delivered the game-winning attack that sealed the come-from-behind win and conference sweep on Pocari.
Guino-o led Tacloban with 20 points off 16 kills, three service aces and a block including 12 excellent receptions, while Pacres tallied 14 kills and three blocks for 17 hits. Skipper Jovie Prado was also instrumental with 14 points in top of 19 excellent receptions as well as setter Kyle Negrito, who had 31 excellent sets with 20 digs.
The Fighting Warays got the numbers of the Lady Warriors winning back-to-back games ending their first round with a five-set conquest followed by another one to force a tie at fifth place between them with identical 4-4 win-loss records.
“Maganda para sa team namin, nakakataas ng morale ngayon lang namin sila natalo ang Pocari ng dalawang beses mula noong Laoag kami at Power Smashers (hindi namin nagawa,” said Tacloban coach Nes Pamilar. “Lahat naman ng na-practice namin na-execute namin, first yung blocking namin. Kasi last game kasi halos lahat ng iniskor nila ay sa middle so na-adjust namin ang blocking doon at naging effective. So medyo na-relax na pagdating doon sa depensa namin sa likod.”
Two-time league Most Valuable Player Myla Pablo erupted with 26 points and got ample help from Del Palomata, Iari Yongco and Jeanette Panaga combining for 30 points but the 43 errors of the Lady Warriors cost them the game.
Tacloban will gun for its third straight win in its match against Iriga-Navy (1-7) on Sunday at Batangas City Coliseum, while Pocari Sweat-Air Force tries to bounce back against Ateneo-Motolite (5-2) on Saturday at Imus Sports Complex.