The Pocari Sweat-Air Force Lady Warriors notched their second win in the quarterfinals at the expense of the Iriga-Navy Lady Oragons in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Just like in their last game, the defending champions had to recover from a slow opener, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22, to take home the victory.
"I told them before the game that we needed a strong start but the opposite happened. It's like diesel, it's like they needed to get hurt first," Pocari coach Jasper Jimenez said. "In the second set, that's what we did. We had a strong start then our service worked."
Madeline Palmer unleashed 19 points built on 16 spikes, two blocks, and an ace, alongside 15 digs and 19 receptions. Arielle Love contributed 18 points all from attacks, while Myla Pablo added 14 markers.
Wendy Semana was also instrumental in the Lady Warriors' 2-0 playoff run as she tallied 43 excellent sets.
Macy Ubben paced the struggling Lady Oragons (0-2) with 27 points.
In the second match, the Petro Gazz Angels bounced back from their previous loss with a straight-sets victory over the Tacloban Fighting Warays, 25-15, 25-17, 25-21.
The Angels made short work of their foes by overwhelming them in spikes, 43-30, and service aces, 11-6, to improve to 2-0.
Olena Lymareva-Flink exploded for 22 points highlighted by 15 kills and six aces, while Anastasiia Trach added 11 points.
The Fighting Warays remained winless after two games in the quarterfinals, as only Thai import Amporn Hyapha finished in double-digits with 16 points.