Semis-bound Water Defenders out to end prelims with a bang
Mark Escarlote on May 25, 2017 09:24 AM
BalIPure eyes its fourth straight win to build momentum heading into the best-of-three semifinals.
Semifinals-bound BaliPure goes up against the Power Smashers on Thursday with a mission of closing the preliminary round of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference with its fourth straight win at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air via livestream.
The Purest Water Defenders clinched the first outright best-of-three semis berth after outlasting Creamline, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, last Tuesday. BaliPure is at solo top spot with a 7-2 win-loss record and is on a three-game roll.
Thai import Jeng Buale, American reinforcement Jennifer Keddy, Filipino-Japanese Risa Sato showed the way for the Water Defenders the last time out and will again be head coach Roger Gorayeb’s main arsenal against the Power Smashers, whom they defeated in four frames in their first meeting.
The Power Smashers are still in the thick of the race for the last outright semifinals berth with a 5-4 slate tied with Perlas.
A win by the Power Smashers coupled by straight or four sets losses of Perlas and Pocari Sweat (6-3) will hand them the last automatic semis seat by virtue of a superior tiebreak.
The Power Smashers won its last two games. A loss will pull them into the round robin quarterfinals where the last two semis berths are at stake.
Meanwhile, Philippine Air Force (3-1) shoots to secure the semifinals top spot against winless Café Lupe (0-4) in the men’s division at 10:00 a.m.
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