PVL: Ubben heats up, scores 27 in Iriga-Navy debut win
Mark Escarlote on May 09, 2018 06:43 PM
American import Macy Uben scattered 27 points to lead Iriga-Philippine Navy to a four-set win over BaliPure.
Veteran-laden Iriga-Philippine Navy needed a little workout before disposing BaliPure-National University, 25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, Wednesday to start its campaign on a high note in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Oragons, who returned in the league after a one-year break, banked on the power-hitting American duo of Macy Ubben and Lauren Whyte to join other opening day winners Creamline and PayMaya
Ubben was all over the stats sheet with 27 points off 18 spikes, seven kill blocks and two aces while adding 15 excellent receptions and 13 digs for Iriga-Navy.
Whyte scored all of her 17 markers on attacks for the Lady Oragons, who came back strong after a third set meltdown.
Iriga-Navy trailed early in the fourth before Whyte and Ubben sparked the Lady Oragons’ fightback to take the lead and cruised into victory.
“Masayang-masaya 'yung team kasi nakita na nila 'yung mga pinaghirapan nila,” said Iriga-Navy coach PO3 Edgardo Rusit. “Una, hindi pa iniisip kung ano pa 'yung mangyayari, pero ngayong nakuha talaga, sobra-sobra ang saya nila.”
Iriga-Navy encountered a tough resistance from the reigning four-time UAAP high school champion Nazareth School of NU-backed Water Defenders in the first two sets before pulling away late.
The Water Defenders built a 16-9 lead in the third before the Lady Oragons mounted blistering rally to cut their deficit to 21-19 off a Grazielle Bombita hit.
BaliPure moved at set point, 24-21, Iriga-Navy saved a set point before Roselyn Doria sealed the frame with a quick kill.
Reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Mhicaela Belen scored 17 points anchored on 15 attacks while American import Alexis Mathews and Princess Robles scored 15 each for BaliPure, which played without former two-time UAAP Season MVP and Season 80 Finals MVP because of an ankle injury.
American reinforcement Janisa Johnson sat out the match after arriving Tuesday night.
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