Water Defenders shoot for third straight win

Mark Escarlote on May 03, 2017 08:04 PM
Water Defenders shoot for third straight win
Unbeaten BaliPure guns for its third win in a row.

Streaking BaliPure sets its sights on capturing its third straight win when the Purest Water Defenders challenge Pocari Sweat Thursday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

BaliPure found a scoring gem in Jerrili Malabanan as the Water Defenders hurdled their first two assignments for the early hold of the lead.

The Roger Gorayeb-mentored squad is looking to add the Lady Warriors to its list of victims in their 6:30 p.m. tussle shown via livestream. It will also air on a delayed basis on May 5, Friday at 6 p.m. on S+A channel 23 and S+A HD channel 166.

Malabanan, a Far Eastern University star, is a quiet operator for the Water Defenders averaging 16 points per game.

She dropped 20 markers including 19 from attacks in BaliPure’s 17-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22, win over the Power Smashers Tuesday.

Aside from Malabanan, BaliPure will also lean on other hitters led by three-time NCAA Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones, who normed 15.5 points her first two outings, Risa Sato and Jorelle Singh.      

Winner of the Open and Reinforced Conference of the V-League last year, Pocari Sweat stepped on a wrong foot to start its campaign after absorbing a shocking 9-25, 22-25, 21-25, rout at the hands of the Power Smashers.

Jeannette Panaga and Myla Pablo scored 12 and 10, respectively, but failed to get enough support from their teammates with Desiree Dadang and newcomers Fille Cainglet-Cayetano and Jessey De Leon combining for a paltry four points.





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