PVL: Water Defenders keep Lady Red Spikers winless

Mark Escarlote on Aug 31, 2019 06:56 PM
PVL: Water Defenders keep Lady Red Spikers winless
BaliPure returned on the right track after adding more woes to winless Chef's Classics. (Arvin Lim)

BaliPure got a scare in the closing stretch of the fourth set before hanging tough to turn back winless Chef’s Classics, 25-22, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22, and get back on the right track in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Menchie Tubiera, Grace Bombita and Shirley Salamagos conspired in leading the Water Defenders to their second win in five games.

Tubiera scored 18 points from 16 attacks and a pair of kill blocks laced with 19 digs for an all-around effort for BaliPure, who survived the two-hour, four minute match despite giving away 43 points to the Lady Red Spikers off its miscues. Bombita unleashed 12 attacks in her 13-point output while Salamagos got 12 markers including four kill blocks for the Water Defenders.    

BaliPure may have escaped with the win, but head coach Rommel Abella was far from satisfied with the way his squad earned the win.

“Masaya ako aksi nanalo na nandoon na ulit kami sa right track but siyempre kung satisfied? Di pa ako satisfied sa ginalaw namin kanina kasi mamalyong-malayo sa inensayo namin this past few days,” he said. “Happy but not satisfied.”

The Water Defenders got into trouble in the third set after Chef’s Classics tied the extended frame to 25 before Tubiera took matters on her own hands with back-to-back hits.

The Lady Red Spikers again threatened late in the fourth after taking a 20-19 lead but four Chef’s Classics errors including back-to-back miscues from setter Rebecca Cuevas and Nieza Viray pushed BaliPure at match point, 24-21.

Viray saved a match point before Bombita uncorked a finishing crosscourt hit to put the game away and hand the Lady Red Spikers their fifth loss in as many games.

Viray finished with 24 points off 22 kills and two kill blocks and added 19 digs while skipper Justine Tiu and Trisha Paras got 12 and six, respectively, for Chef’s Classics.



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