BaliPure trips former player Valdez, BoC in straight sets
Mark Escarlote on Oct 12, 2016 08:58 PM
BaliPure barged in the win column at the expense of Bureau of Customs and former player Alyssa Valdez.
BaliPure took advantage of its familiarity with former hitter Alyssa Valdez by taking her out of her comfort zone and slowdown the main weapon of Bureau of Customs to earn its first win, 26-24, 25-21, 25-21, Wednesday night.
The Purest Water Defenders rebounded from its opening day loss with a straight sets victory to put a dent on the erstwhile perfect record of the Transformers in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
BaliPure improved to 1-1 win-loss record after absorbing a four-set loss at the hands of unbeaten and league-leading University of Sto. Tomas.
American imports Kate Morrell and Kaylee Manns spearheaded the Water Defenders' assault with Amy Ahomiro and Dzi Gervacio providing support. Denden Lazaro did a great job covering the floor against the missiles of her former Ateneo de Manila teammate Valdez.
“We were really preparing for her mainly because we know that her prowess in terms of attacks are really incredible. She’s a phenom for that reason. So we really worked on our defense a lot and counter attack more,” said BaliPure veteran Charo Soriano. “We were telling ourselves if we can stop Alyssa then it’s gonna be easier for us to get the win although we still need to work hard as a team and it showed naman.”
Morrell finished with 17 points including 15 kills while Gervacio and Ahomiro added 10 markers each for the Water Defenders. Manns dished out 34 excellent sets on top of her four points.
BaliPure worked as a team on defense with Mae Tajima and Manns teaming up in front of the net to slowdown the Transformers attackers while Morrell and Sue Roces protected the floor with nine and seven digs, respectively. Morrell got 10 receptions while Lazaro had eight.
Valdez, who scored a league-record 39 points in a five-set win over Laoag, still got her numbers with 16 points but had a hard-time penetrating the defense of her former team with a 14-of-37 hitting clip.
BoC played with added help from cleared Thai imports Kanjana Kuthaisong and Natthanicha Jaisaen, who finally received their International Transfer Certificate, as well as Pau Soriano and Lilet Mabbayad.
But the team lacked the chemistry and were in disarray especially in the closing stretch of each frames including a sorry opening set loss when the Transformers squandered a 23-21 lead.
Kuthaisong finished with 16 points while Jaisaen dished out 42 excellent sets for BoC, which had little help from the rest of their locals.
The Transformers dropped to 2-1 record tied with Laoag.
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