PVL: Lady Warriors down Lady Oragons

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Games today (Sunday) (Flying V Center, San Juan)
4 p.m. – Tacloban vs Adamson-Akari
6 p.m. – PetroGazz vs Iriga-Navy

Pocari import Arielle Love goes one-on-one against Creamline counterpart Kuttka Kaewpin in one of the highlights of Game One of their best-of-three semifinal series in the PVL Reinforced Conference.
Pocari import Arielle Love goes one-on-one against Creamline counterpart Kuttka Kaewpin in one of the highlights of Game One of their best-of-three semifinal series in the PVL Reinforced Conference.
Pocari-Air Force picked up its second straight victory after a stumbling start, dominating Iriga-Navy with its power game, 25-18, 25-18, 25-20, to wrest solo second in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the packed Imus Sports Complex in Cavite yesterday.

Superb floor coverage and defense also helped anchor the Lady Warriors’ lopsided triumph over the hapless Lady Oragons in stark contrast to their five-set escape over the PetroGazz Angeles in Bulacan last Wednesday following an opening game ambush to the rookie-laden Ateneo-Motolite side.

“We have been trying to address our weaknesses – service and receive. But personally, I always give my best in every game and we hope to further improve in our coming matches,” said May Ann Pantino, who fired 12 hits and clinched the game’s best player honors.

Former league MVP Myla Pablo added 11 hits, including 10 attack points, and spiked her splendid all-around game with 17 digs and eight excellent receptions. Del Palomata backed them up with eight markers in a two-set stint.

Iriga actually surprised Pocari with a big start in the third frame, 5-1, and 6-2, but Pablo and Iari Yong blasted in a pair of sharp kills and the Lady Warriors struck back to draw level at 6 aided by a couple of the Lady Oragons’ miscues.

It was all Pocari show from there as the Lady Warriors imposed their will while pouncing on their rivals’ series of miscues, racking up eight straight points to all but wrap up the match at 17-8.

A Pablo attack error from the back row ended that run and though the Lady Warriors slowed down a bit and allowed Oragons to close the gap at 18-23, the former took the set – and the match – via the same fashion they won the second game – on their rivals’ service error.

Divine Eguia top-scored for Iriga with 11 hits while Florence Madulid and Nicole Guyguyon combined for 13 markers for the Lady Oragons, who fell to their third straight defeat in the double-round elims of the tournament backed by Mikasa and Asics.

Meanwhile, Adamson-Akari kicks off its campaign in the season-ending conference of the league organized by Sports Vision, which goes back to its home at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan today after a three-playdate out-of-town sortie.

The Lady Falcons, who placed third in the recent Collegiate Conference, tangle with the resurgent Tacloban Fighting Warays at 4 p.m. before PetroGazz (1-2) and Iriga-Navy (0-2) clash at 6 p.m. in a duel of struggling teams.

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