Water Defenders drown Lady Warriors for third win in a row

Mark Escarlote on May 04, 2017 08:40 PM
Water Defenders drown Lady Warriors for third win in a row
Grethcel Soltones scattered 20 points for BaliPure's third straight win in as many outings.

Jerrili Malabanan had an off night but Grethcel Soltones delivered another stellar performance as the BaliPure Water Defenders waylaid Pocari Sweat, 25-23, 25-22, 25-14, Thursday for their third straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. 

The Water Defenders solidified its hold of the solo top spot and improved to 3-0 win-loss record.

Soltones carried the bulk of BaliPure’s scoring with 20 points including 18 coming off kills while Filipino-Japanese Risa Sato chipped in nine markers.

Malabanan, who averaged 16 points in their first two wins, was limited to only five points but top setter Jasmine Nabor still had a lot of option on offense. Nabor tallied 26 excellent sets in BaliPure’s 39 attack points overall. 

“Siguro mas maganda lang ang laro namin. Every game naman, hindi ko ine-expect. Hindi ko rin ine-expect na manalo,” said Water Defenders coach Roger Gorayeb. “Gusto kong manalo, kasi pag in-expect ko, either ako or ‘yung player ang ma-pressure, at hindi dapat ganun.”

Considered as one of the top title contenders after winning the V-League’s Open and Reinforced Conferences, Pocari Sweat dropped its second straight game in as many outings. The Lady Warriors are yet to win a set in the tournament.

Myla Pablo scored 10 points while Jeanette Panaga, Maricar Nepomuceno and Elaine Kasilag finished with eight points each for Pocari Sweat.



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