Bali Pure, Iriga eye second straight win
Mark Escarlote on Jun 07, 2016 05:45 PM
Bali Pure will march in battle hoping for a followup to its five-set victory against National University last Monday.
Bali Pure hopes to ride on its morale-boosting win to slot its second straight victory against a team with the same mission in Iriga on Wednesday in the 13th V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Both the Purest Water Defenders and Lady Oragons sport a 1-1 win-loss record when the two sides collide in the 4:00 p.m. encounter aired live over ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.
Grethcel Soltones suited up for Bali Pure for the first time after skipping the Water Defenders’ debut game, a four-set loss to Philippine Air Force last May 30, hitting 22 kills in her total of 23 points including the game-clinching missile that brought National University to its knees, 18-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-19, 15-13.
But Bali Pure this time will miss the services of playing coach Charo Soriano, Bea Tan and assistant coach Alexa Micek. The three will compete in the Beach Volleyball Republic Invitational in Cagayan starting June 9 while prized hitter and crowd-drawer Alyssa Valdez is expected to join the team on the bench but was advised to sit out again after arriving from her European Tour Tuesday.
“I’ve been speaking with them nga early on. I’ve been telling them na manage your expectations, I won’t be there to coach. Bea Tan won’t be there but Alyssa will be here, coach Ato (Toyco) will still be here so the team will still be pretty much intact,” said Soriano. “So if they really stick to focus on the game then we can win that game on Wednesday.”
Amy Ahomiro, Ella De Jesus, libero Denden Lazaro, Dzi Gervacio and Janine Marciano are all going to be around to help Soltones.
Iriga, meanwhile, is coming off a 25-22, 25-17, 26-24, victory over Baguio Summer Spikers a week ago to bounce back from a four-set loss to Laoag last May 30.
Grazielle Bombita and Shola Alvarez, who finished with 15 and 11 points, respectively, the last time out are again expected to lead the charge of the Bicolanas.
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