(The Arena, San Juan City)
1 p.m. – Power Smashers vs Perlas
4 p.m. – Air Force vs BaliPure
6:30 p.m. – Pocari vs Creamline
Defending champion Pocari Sweat tries to formalize its entry to the semifinal round when it goes for a seventh straight win against the slumping Creamline side today in the Premier Volleyball League women’s tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
But with ace spiker Myla Pablo still uncertain whether she will be allowed to play or not, the Lady Warriors should double their effort offensively to sustain their hot streak.
Pocari is on a roll since dropping its first two games, beating Air Force, Creamline, the Power Smashers, BaliPure and Perlas twice to zero in on the first semifinal berth in the season-opening conference of the country’s longest running volley league organized by Sports Vision.
Pablo was helped out by her teammates after hurting her back following a bad landing from a crosscourt spike midway in the second frame.
Still her absence did not stop her teammates from completing a come-from-behind 18-25, 21-25, 26-24, 27-25, 15-13 win over BaliPure last Thursday.
Pocari management management will decide whether it will allow Pablo to play in their 6:30 p.m. showdown.
A PVL source said Pablo is eager to play since college rival Alyssa Valdez is on the other side.
The face of sport has been doing great, averaging 25 points for the Cool Smashers.
Problem with Creamline, Valdez is not getting enough help from her teammates.
BaliPure, meanwhile, tries to bounce back from a stinging defeat when it collides with cellar-dweller Air Force at 4 p.m., while Perlas Spikers and Power Smashers clash at 1 p.m.
Perlas and Power Smashers, for their parts, are in the middle standings with 4-3 and 3-3 records, respectively.
Pau Soriano, Ivy Remulla, and Alex Cabanos must step up if they are to stop the team’s bleeding.
Pocari, meantime, will start to rely on imports Edina Selimovic and Michelle Strizak, who debuted with combined 40 points in the team’s previous match after foreign reinforcements were finally cleared to play in the league.