1 p.m. – Cignal vs Sta. Elena (m)
4 p.m. – Creamline vs Pocari Sweat (w)
6:30 p.m. – Air Force vs Perlas (w)
The Premier Volleyball League and Pocari Sweat yesterday blasted the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc, for its failure to act on the latter’s request for the ITC (International Transfer Certificate) of its import replacement as the Lady Warriors fight for one of the last two semifinal berths in the ongoing PVL Reinforced Conference.
Pocari Sweat team manager Eric Ty said that Krystal Rivers has been in town ready to take over Edina Selimovic, who is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring tear. But without the ITC, Rivers could not suit up for the defending champions one game into the single round quarterfinal phase.
“Our new import is here but to the person withholding access to our team’s FIVB account, please act with decency and register our import,” said Pocari team manager Eric Ty.
The same ITC woes forced the league, which revived the once dormant sport in 2004, to play all Filipino majority of the elims.
“I am really dismayed with LVPI and how it has been handling the ITC problems. The Premier Volleyball League has been encountering these problems the last three years. It just shows the weakness of the LVPI leadership,” said Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision.
Meanwhile, Creamline geared up for its keenly awaited face-off with Pocari Sweat with a 25-16, 9-25, 17-25, 25-13, 15-13 win over Perlas late Saturday, matching the Lady Warriors’ scrambling victory over Air Force at the start of the quarterfinal round of the PVL Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Alyssa Valdez came through with back-to-back kills to shatter the 13-all count in the decider and save the day for the Cool Smashers, who blew a 12-8 lead on miscues and wobbly defense that enabled the Perlas Spikers to claw back and force a tie.
Earlier, the defending champion Lady Warriors also rallied from 1-2 set down to repulse the Jet Spikers, 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-14, 15-10.