MYLA Pablo provided the clutch hits as Pocari Sweat-Air Force completed a come-from-behind 17-25, 27-29, 25-16, 25-23, 15-13 win over Petro Gazz and kept its semifinal hopes alive in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan.
Coming off back-to-back losses, the Lady Warriors continued to struggle and fell behind by two sets before rallying behind Pablo, who, with the match tied a 11 in the fifth, scored three of the next four points to bring Pocari to match point, 14-12.
Jonah Sabete denied Pablo the game-winner only for Rachel Austero to commit a service error that let the Lady Warriors escape with the win.
Pablo had 20 kills and wound up with 22 points, while making 17 excellent receptions as Pocari Sweat-Air Force survived its sixth fifth-setter in the conference to improve its record to 5-5 for fifth place.
“Congrats sa star ko, buti nabitbit niya yung game ngayon, very crucial,” Pocari Sweat coach Jasper Jimenez said. “Galing kami sa dalawang talo kaya yung starting namin kanina very slow start, lalo na nung second set. Buti na lang nagising kami nung third and fourth and naituloy namin, naitawid namin.”
Iari Yongco had 11 kills, three block and as many as aces, finishing with 17 points, while making 21 digs.
Del Palomata chipped in 11 hits, while Jeanette Panaga and Joy Cases added 10 markers each. Veteran setter Wendy Semana had 41 excellent sets on top of 20 digs and four points.
“Kailangan na kailangan namin itong panalo na ito kasi kung hindi namin nakuha ito mababaon kami,” Jimenez added. “Must-win pa rin kami sa mga next game namin kailangan na kailangan talaga namin manalo.”
Pocari Sweat-Air Force takes on Creamline on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Legazpi City
Paneng Mercado and Jonah Sabete led Petro Gazz with 15 points apiece, Kai Baloaloa scored 11 and Cherry Rose Nunag added 10 for the Angels, who fell to 5-4.
slate with just a full-game ahead of Pocari.
The Angels try to bounce back against Tacloban Fighting Warays on Saturday, 6:30 p.m.