BaliPure inches closer to bagging consolation third place trophy
Mark Escarlote on Jul 13, 2016 07:06 PM
BaliPure is now a win away from salvaging a bronze medal finish.
Alyssa Valdez-less BaliPure extended its mastery over the Laoag Power Smashers winning a tight, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 15-11 contest Wednesday to move closer to a consolation third place trophy in the 13th V-League Open Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Former San Beda star Janine Marciano exploded with 25 points including 23 off vicious attacks while NCAA back-to-back MVP Grethcel Soltones had 20 markers to lead the Purest Water Defenders to a 1-0 best-of-three series lead.
“You saw Janine Marciano play middle in the last couple of games and now she’s back to her old position which is outside hitter,” said playing coach Charo Soriano of her ward.
The duo had a combined 41 kills out of the 61 attacks BaliPure rained over the Power Smashers, who suffered their second loss to the Water Defenders after getting swept in the eliminations.
Amy Ahomiro finished with 12 points while Dzi Gervacio had 10 for BaliPure, which played without Valdez as the power-hitter joined Ateneo de Manila in its campaign in the 18th ASEAN University Games in Singapore.
Veteran setter Jem Ferrer dished out a tournament-best 62 excellent sets for BaliPure.
Game 2 is on Saturday.
“We can’t take the next game lightly. Again, Laoag played solid also and they have very strong outside hitters and a veteran setter,” added Soriano.
Jessica Galanza scored 16 points, Jovielyn Prado had 15 while Mylene Paat and Katherine Villegas registered 13 and 10 points, respectively, for Laoag.
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