BALIWAG, Bulacan — Pocari Sweat finally woke up from a slump in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after defeating BanKo, 16-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13, to put an end to a two-game losing run.
The Lady Warriors, who came from back-to-back five-setter losses to Creamline and Tacloban, ended the first round of elimination on a high note with a 4-3 win-loss record.
“Sa lahat ng laro natin na fifth set dapat ‘di na maulit ‘to ngayong fifth set,” said team captain Myla Pablo. “Kailangan kung ano ang pagkukulang natin (ayusin natin) gawin natin sa court.”
Pablo, who led the way for the Lady Warriors with 24 points and 10 digs, however, was quick to deflect the credit.
She stressed that their middle blockers Del Palomata and Jeannete Panaga played a vital role in their win.
Palomata, who scored on a quick attack to push Pocari Sweat at match point and a drop ball to seal the win, made 10 points, while Panaga added 13 markers.
“Kinausap ko yun dalawan middle blocker namin na sina Del and Panaga na kailangan gumawa kayo para lahat kami susunod sa inyo,” she said.
“(Sabi ko sa teammates ko) ‘yung dalawang middle natin tumutulong so dapat tayo rin tumulong tayo,” she added.
After the morale-boosting the win, Pablo hopes that they could build momentum for the second round.
“Kailangan paghirapan namin, lahat kasi ng mga teams malalakas. Kailangan i-maintain namin ang winning game nami hanggang sa second round,” she said.
Pocari Sweat will start the second round on Wednesday as they face Tacloban.