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Pocari Sweat finals-bound

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Games on July 13
(Philsports Arena, Pasig)
10 a.m. – Sta. Elena vs IEM (Battle for third)
1 p.m. – Air Force vs Cignal (Finals)

Pocari Sweat rode on the clutch hits of Elaine Kasilag to outlast BaliPure, 15-25, 27-25, 25-11, 25-23, last night and arrange a title showdown with Air Force in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Kasilag delivered four straight points late in the match, including a corner spike that sealed the Lady Warriors victory over the Alyssa Valdez-led Water Defenders in the deciding game of their best-of-three semifinal series.

Kasilag finished with 18 points, Myla Pablo fired 22 of her team-high 26 points, while Michelle Gumabao added 15 markers for Pocari Sweat, which earned a place in the finals against Air Force.

Air Force and Pocari begin their title showdown on June 13 at the same venue as the league takes a one-week break to give way to the country’s hosting of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Both teams went 6-1 in the elimination round, with Air Force winning their only meeting.

Pocari fell to BaliPure, 25-20, 25-19, 26-24, in Wednesday’s opener but bounced back with a hard-fought 25-23, 13-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-8 victory last Saturday.