Pocari Sweat makes mighty comeback for win No. 4 (October 25, 2016)
Mark Escarlote [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Pocari Sweat came back from a seven-point deficit in the third set to complete a sweep of Laoag and secure at least a playoff for a semis spot. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA -- Pocari Sweat played like a well-oiled machine, unleashing precision attacks while clamping down on defense especially in the third set to punish Laoag, 25-13, 25-20, 26-24, Monday and secure at least a playoff for a semifinals seat in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Open Conference champion fought back from a precarious 22-15 deficit in the last frame with a huge 11-2 rally to steal the set and pluck its fourth straight win in five outings to move to second place behind semifinals-bound University of Santo Tomas (5-1), while sending Laoag to its third straight defeat.

Coming off a huge straight sets demolition of the favored Bureau of Customs Saturday night, the inspired Lady Warriors cruised past Laoag with American reinforcement Bre Mackie and locals Myla Pablo and Michele Gumabao doing most of the damage.

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UP Lady Maroons down Air Force, narrow semis seat to two (October 25, 2016)
Mark Escarlote [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 University of the Philippines kept its flickering semifinals hopes alive. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA -- University of the Philippines (UP) survived a virtual do-or-die match after grounding Philippine Air Force in straight sets, 25-16, 25-20, 25-10, to remain in contention, though barely, for the remaining semifinals seats in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Lady Maroons closed its elimination round campaign with a 3-4 win-loss card and in the process officially gave Pocari Sweat (4-1) the second Final Four slot to join early semifinalist University of Santo Tomas (5-1).

UP’s win also pushed BaliPure (3-1) and Bureau of Customs (3-2) a win closer to clinching the remaining two semis slots. The two teams are shoo-ins for the last two Final Four tickets considering that they will still be facing the listless Philippine Coast Guard in their remaining games.

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Pomi stuns Volero to reach FIVB WCWC finals (October 23, 2016)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Pomi Casalmaggiore. INQUIRER Photo/Sherwin Vardeleon

Pomi Casalmaggiore made club history on Saturday when it blasted Volero Zurich in four sets, 25-27, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23, to reach the finals of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Italian club is a first-timer in the world championships. But with last year’s champion coach Giovanni Caprara leading the way, big things are expected from the European champions.

After a subpar first set, Pomi found its rhythm to fend off last year’s bronze medalists and set up a date with defending champions Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul.

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Lady Warriors drub Transformers, win third straight (October 23, 2016)
Mark Escarlote [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 American import Bre Mackie of Pocari Sweat drops 14 points in the Lady Warriors' sweep of Bureau of Customs.

Pocari Sweat silenced the partisan crowd inside the PhilSports Arena with a masterful 25-22, 25-22, 25-14, victory over the Alyssa Valdez-led Bureau of Customs Transformers Saturday to roll to their third straight win in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena.

The Open Conference champion Lady Warriors staved off a sizzling rally mounted by the Transformers in the first set, crawled their way out of a five-point hole in the closing stretch in the second frame before running over BoC midway in the third to improve to 3-1 win-loss record tied with BaliPure.

"Happy kami sa turnout ngayon kasi nakikita namin na nagdyi-jell na ang team," said Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella. "Mga 85-90% na ang mag-jell ng team namin so happy kami sa effort na ibinigay nila ngayon."

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 BaliPure American reinforcements Kate Morrell (middle) and Kaylee Manns led the Water Defenders to their third straight win.

BaliPure continued with its winning ways adding University of the Philippines to its list of victims as the Purest Water Defenders overpowered the Lady Maroons, 25-13, 25-23, 25-17, Saturday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Reinforcement Kate Morrell and former Ateneo stars Dzi Gervacio and Amy Ahomiro with American setter Kaylee Manns anchored the fluid offensive flow of the Water Defenders to improve to 3-1 win-loss record and temporarily tie Bureau of Customs, which plays Pocari Sweat as of posting time.

"We are very happy with the win but then again we can't be complacent and we cannot be lax because our main goal really is to keep on improving each and every game," said BaliPure veteran Charo Soriano. "As you can see there different rotations also that coach Tai is trying out."

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Jaja Santiago. INQUIRER PHOTO/Sherwin Vardeleon

Hisamitsu Springs Kobe stayed alive for a chance at a respectable finish in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship after a swift 25-15, 25-18, 25-21 triumph over hosts PSL-F2 Logistics Manila Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The 2014 Asian club champions have a chance to claim the fifth spot in the tournament if they can beat South American champions Rexona-Sesc Rio on Sunday.

PSL-F2 Logistics had its back against the wall when Hisamitsu Springs took a 24-18 lead but Lynda Morales’ block and Yevgeniya Nyukhalova’s ace extended the hosts’ life in the third set.

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Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul vs VakifBank Istanbul. INQUIRER PHOTO/Sherwin Vardeleon

Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul moved one step closer to glory as it blasted rivals VakifBank Istanbul 25-23, 19-25, 25-17, 25-23, to return to finals of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Jordan Larson-Burbach powered one off the VakifBank blockade to stamp the defending champions ticket to the championship round and send their rivals to scrap for the bronze medal.

No team in the FIVB tournament has reached back-to-back finals, let alone repeat as champions, but Eczacibasi has the potential to make history on Sunday.

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