BaliPure dedicates Game 2 win to coach Gorayeb
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 15, 2017 12:10 PM
Water Defenders imports Jennifer Keddy (right) and Thai Jeng Baulee stood their own against the powerful Pocari Sweat American duo of Krystal Rivers and Michelle Strizak to lead BaliPure to Game 3 in the best-of-three championship series in the PVL Reinforced Conference which ends today.
‘Win or win, we’re going to have a party on Friday,” BaliPure owner Cristino Panlileo told the Water Defenders Tuesday night after his team took Game 2 of the BaliPure-Pocari Sweat finals to extend the series to a deciding third match Thursday, June 15, at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Still limp in excitement over the crucial win – and the three individual awards garnered by team captain Grethcel Soltones (2nd Best Outside Spiker), Risa Sato (1st Best Middle Blocker), and Jasmine Nabor (Best Setter) – all members of the team jubilantly rushed back to the locker room to have their private celebration.
Panlilio made a congratulatory speech, commending the players for hacking out the five-setter win in incredible fashion and the three special awardees.
He went on to say that it felt right to dedicate the victory to BaliPure coach Roger Gorayeb without realizing that the man they were honoring was still out.
All broke into a rousing cheer when finally, Gorayeb showed up minutes later, speechless but nonetheless joyful as the other. After a one-minute speech, he returned to a corner of the locker still dazed but pleasantly so.
Then everyone attended to the business of eating the packaged dinners and chatting up some more about the all-important match win, or taking a shower first before digging in.
Although middle attacker Risa Sato (No. 11) plays like she was exerting the least effort, she’s dead-serious every game as she keeps on striking quickly and effectively from the middle like she did in Game 2 of the title series.
Unlike the multi-awarded Soltones, Sato and Nabor received their first individual awards in any tournament from the PVL only last Tuesday.
“Opo,” said Sato as she interlaced her fingers as if in prayer while confirming that the 1st Best Middle Blocker award is her first ever. “Ang saya-saya po ng feeling.” Then she chuckled as she often does on the court.
Having received her first as well as a best setter, Nabor said she has no plans of going back to her original position as an open spiker.
“Dito na lang po ako,” said she, referring to her present position. “Mas lalo ko pong naramdaman ngayon na kailangan ako ng team as a setter. Masarap sa pakiramdam na nakasalalay sa akin ang ikagaganda ng laro ng aking mga teammates.”