BaliPure bags fourth straight win, secures semis spot playoff
Mark Escarlote on Jun 15, 2016 06:42 PM
BaliPure secured at least a semifinals seat playoff after pocketing its fourth straight win.
BaliPure extended its winning streak to four and secured at least a semifinals spot playoff after taking down Laoag, 28-26, 25-23, 25-17, highlighted by some drama in the third set Wednesday in the 13th V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Purest Water Defenders improved its record to 4-1 behind the undefeated league-leading Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors (4-0).
Alyssa Valdez once again showed the way for BaliPure with 20 points, scoring all but one of her output from kills, while middle Mae Tajima and Angeline Gervacio registered eight points each. Valdez also provided stability on floor defense with 11 digs and five perfect receptions.
“We’re very, very happy because the team is getting better and better and that’s good kasi now talaga po na kumpleto na kami we have a lot of things to improve on and we know that,” said Water Defenders playing coach Charo Soriano. “But that’s not stopping us from really continuing to be better players.”
Amy Ahomiro finished with seven markers while Jem Ferrer dished out 43 of the Water Defenders’ 44 excellent sets.
The match was close in the first set with BaliPure hanging on in the crucial stretch of the extended frame to take a 1-0 match lead.
The game took a rather controversial turn as Power Smashers head coach Nes Pamilar fielded his bench players in the third set as a sign of protest in a contested judgement call of game officials in the second set’s windup.
Pamilar was fuming mad with the referees after a point that was first awarded to his team, which in that play was trailing, 23-24, was overturned. Officials discussed the call and later gave the point to the Water Defenders.
Replay of the play showed that Laoag hitter Jovielyn Prado’s hit touched the antenna. Officials called it as an off the block hit but BaliPure players protested the call on first referee Bob Malenab.
Pamilar after the set pulled out all his starters and kept them on the bench as BaliPure dominated the set.
Prado scored eight points while Jessica Galanza and Mylene Paat had six markers each for the 2-3 Power Smashers.
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