BaliPure sinks UP, collects third straight win
Mark Escarlote on Oct 22, 2016 05:37 PM
BaliPure American reinforcements Kate Morrell (middle) and Kaylee Manns led the Water Defenders to their third straight win.
BaliPure continued with its winning ways adding University of the Philippines to its list of victims as the Purest Water Defenders overpowered the Lady Maroons, 25-13, 25-23, 25-17, Saturday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
Reinforcement Kate Morrell and former Ateneo stars Dzi Gervacio and Amy Ahomiro with American setter Kaylee Manns anchored the fluid offensive flow of the Water Defenders to improve to 3-1 win-loss record and temporarily tie Bureau of Customs, which plays Pocari Sweat as of posting time.
"We are very happy with the win but then again we can't be complacent and we cannot be lax because our main goal really is to keep on improving each and every game," said BaliPure veteran Charo Soriano. "As you can see there different rotations also that coach Tai is trying out."
Morrell dropped 24 points built on 19 kills, three kill blocks and a pair of aces for the Water Defenders. Ahomiro added nine while Sue Roces and Mannsm who dished out 34 excellent sets in BaliPure's total of 42 attack points, had seven markers each. Gervacio finished with five.
Morrell showcased her scoring prowess and power especially in the second set when UP engaged BaliPure in a tight battle in the closing stretch, Tied at 22-all Morell scored two straight points to put the Water Defenders at set point capped by a booming smash that smacked Justine Dorog right in the face.
BaliPure gave the Lady Maroons a free point on a service error by Ahomiro before Morrell closed the set with another kill.
The Lady Maroons again gave the Water Defenders a stiff resistance until midway in the third before Morrell and the more experienced BaliPure side finished off the import-less collegiate team to send UP to a 2-4 hole and on the brink of elimination in the Final Four race.
Diana Carlos got nine points while Nicole Tiamzon had six. Kathy Bersola and Isa Molde posted five markers each.
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