Player of the Week Malabanan a big part of Water Defenders' playoff push

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 31, 2017 02:39 PM
PoW Malabanan a big part of Water Defenders' playoff push

BaliPure's Jerrili Malabanan earned the Philips Gold-PVL Press Corps Player of the Week for games played from July 26 to 30.

The Water Defenders bagged a fourth straight top four appearance in the league, thanks to the splendid showing of Malabanan.

In their 25-21, 25-16, 25-23 conquest of fancied Pocari Sweat last Sunday, Malabanan took the scoring mantle with 14 points and collected eight digs.

Malabanan has emerged as the Water Defenders’ third offensive option after Grethcel Soltones and Risa Sato in the Open Conference, scoring 86 points on 73 spikes, 10 service aces and three blocks.

BaliPure finished fourth with a 4-3 card in the eliminations and will take on unbeaten Creamline in the best-of-three semifinals starting on Saturday.

Malabanan credited coach Roger Gorayeb for keeping the Water Defenders’ emotions in check. “When we enjoy ourselves, coach always tells us that it’s good we’re enjoying but we have to stay calm and focused. He’s the one that calms us down,” said Malabanan.    

Malabanan bested the Creamline's Cesca Racraquin and Jia Morado for the weekly honors.

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