Streaking BaliPure hunts for a Final Four ticket

Mark Escarlote on Oct 25, 2016 05:10 PM
Streaking BaliPure hunts for a Final Four ticket
BaliPure is on the prowl for a spot in the semifinals.

Waxing-hot BaliPure hopes to continue with its winning ways and earn a ticket to the semifinals against a desperate Laoag side on Wednesday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Purest Water Defenders after absorbing a loss in their debut match with semifinals-bound University of Sto. Tomas are on a three-game roll.

BaliPure parades a 3-1 win-loss record and only a win away from joining UST and Open Conference champion Pocari Sweat in the Final Four.

The Water Defenders pummeled University of the Philippines, 25-13, 25-23, 25-17, last Saturday with Kate Morrell dropping 24 points to lead BaliPure’s assault.

BaliPure is on a nine-set winning streak and are looking to continue with their roll in the 6:00 p.m. match that will air live over S+A channel 23 and S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.

American setter Kaylee Manns, Amy Ahomiro, Dzi Gervacio, Charo Soriano and libero Denden Lazaro will also banner BaliPure, which will face former teammates Gretchel Soltones and libero Alyssa Eroa of Laoag.    

But it won’t be a cakewalk for the Water Defenders with the Power Smashers shooting for an outside chance to force a playoff for the last semis seat.

Laoag holds a 2-4 card tied with Philippine Air Force.

The Power Smashers are on a three-game slide with Pocari Sweat handing them their last defeat, 13-25, 20-25, 24-26, two days ago.

A win by Laoag will keep them in the semis hunt but they will also need to pray that BaliPure won’t claim their fourth victory to at least force a playoff for the last Final Four berth.

But the odds are against the Power Smashers with the Water Defenders closing the elimination round on Nov. 2 against winless Philippine Coast Guard.    

 

 

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