UNLESS Customs comes up with an antidote to Pocari Sweat’s solid blocking, the Lady Warriors could well be on their way to hurdling the last stumbling block leading to a grand maiden Shakey’s V-League season tonight.
American Breanna Mackie and skipper Michele Gumabao unleashed a pair of 13-hit games it was the Lady Warriors’ rock-solid blocking that anchored their surprisingly easy 25-22, 25-18, 25-18 romp over the Transformers in the opener of their best-of-three series for the Season 13 Reinforced Conference crown late Saturday.
Siemens Dadang and another American Kay Kacsits accounted for eight of their team’s 15 blocks that virtually silenced the fancied Alyssa Valdez, who was held to just 12 points, and the rest of the Transformers.
“Our strength is really in blocking. We know it’s our ticket to the championship,” said Pocari coach Rommel Abella. “Our floor defense will only react on how our blocking will go. Good thing, both worked in Game One.”
Unbeaten since dropping a five-setter to the Air Force Jet Spikers last Oct. 5, the Lady Warriors will be gunning not only for their 10th straight win the season-ending conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s but also for the championship.
Gametime is at 6 p.m. at the Philsports Arena in Pasig with Pocari Sweat all primed up for a follow-up to its victory in the Open Conference on its very first campaign in the country’s premier women’s volley league backed by Mikasa as official ball and Accel as official outfitter.
4 p.m. – BaliPure vs UST (for third)
6 p.m. – Pocari vs Customs (for crown)