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BaliPure, Pocari in KO match

Game Today
(The Arena, San Juan City)
6 p.m. – BaliPure vs Pocari

More than talent, the deciding Game 3 of the Premier Volleyball League women’s best-of-three title series will also be a battle of wits as BaliPure and Pocari Sweat clash for the last time at The Arena in San Juan City.

The 6 p.m. confrontation is expected to be as thrilling as their first two games that saw Pocari winning the opener before BaliPure rebounded in Game 2, 25-15, 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 15-13, to force a rubber match.

With momentum now on their side, BaliPure coach Roger Gorayeb challenged his players to give their all, saying their effort in Game 2 will go to nothing if they can’t win the title.

“Itong chance na ibinigay sa amin ngayon, napakalaki. Muntik na kaming mag-crumble. Kaya ayaw naming sayangin sa Game 3,” said Gorayeb.

“Wala nang atrasan,” he added.

Gorayeb, however, said they have to play smartly if they are to win their first championship in the country’s premier volleyball tournament.

Gorayeb is likewise hoping to see the same composure that his stalwarts displayed in Game 2, where they fought point after point to gain the upperhand – and eventually the victory.

Thai Jeng Bualee and American Jennifer Keddy are once again expected to provide firepower after pumping in 20 points apiece the last time.

Offensive help will also come from former NCAA three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones and Risa Sato, while libero Lizlee Ann Pantone will try to cover the floor with the same efficiency she showed in the crucial fifth frame.

Pocari, which won Game 1, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24, has to lessen its errors if it is to win the title.

In Game 2, it committed 37 errors.

American guest players Michelle Strizak and Krystal Rivers should reassert their might if they are to motivate their teammates, especially Myla Pablo.