BaliPure sees good in four-set loss

Mark Escarlote on Oct 29, 2016 08:02 PM
BaliPure sees good in four-set loss
We’re gonna work on those (mistakes) in time for the semis -- Charo Soriano (no. 14)

BaliPure received a wakeup call after watching its four-game winning streak snapped by rival Pocari Sweat.

The Purest Water Defenders absorbed a 16-25, 25-12, 21-25, 19-25, loss Saturday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference that slid them back to 4-2 win-loss record.

“Today was really a revelation for us,” said BaliPure veteran Charo Soriano, who scored eight points.

BaliPure gave Pocari Sweat a tough fight but strings of miscues and lapses in their defense cost the Water Defenders the game and the chance to get back on the team that eliminated them in the Open Conference Final Four.

“It was really a good game for Pocari Sweat so we have a lot of things to do in terms of like blocking and the defense pattern,” Soriano added.

It didn’t help that BaliPure committed 30 errors and were slow on their floor defense after letting the Lady Warriors pound 48 kills.

“We’re gonna work on those in time for the semis,” said Soriano, who was the playing-coach of BaliPure in the Open Conference before Thai mentor Tai Bundit took the position during the off-season. “We have to work on our plays din talaga.”

“We weren’t as consistent now like in a set we made like five, six service errors,” she added. “We really have to work in those minor details. Because if it accumulates it becomes big and will cost us the game.”

The Water Defenders will end their elims campaign on Wednesday against winless Philippine Coast Guard.

Pocari Sweat (5-1) and University of Sto. Tomas’ (5-1) faceoff is also on Wednesday where the final position of teams in the best-of-three semifinals will be determined. The other semifinalist Bureau of Customs (4-2) is still playing Phillippine Air Force as of posting.

“We’ll prepare on our end and we’ll adjust on whatever team we’re gonna be facing in the semis,” said Soriano.







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