BaliPure goes for the Finals seat clincher
Mark Escarlote on Nov 07, 2016 09:07 AM
American import Kate Morrell will be the focus on BaliPure's attempt to reserve a spot in the best-of-three championship round.
Staying composed and keeping the same intensity they showed in their previous victories are the keys for BaliPure to close the best-of-three 13th V-League Reinforced Conference semifinals series against Bureau of Customs on Monday.
American import Kate Morrell said that they can’t be too complacent against the Transformers even after dominating the Alyssa Valdez squad in the series opener last Saturday.
Morrell and the rest of BaliPure can clinch a spot in the best-of-three Finals with another win in their scheduled 6:00 p.m. match at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City 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.
The Purest Water Defenders destroyed the Transformers 25-19, 25-18, 25-21, in just 79 minutes to for a 1-0 series lead.
BaliPure also defeated BoC in straight sets in the elimination round.
But the 6-foot-2 open spiker, who played for Cheseaux VCB in Switzerland, pointed out that there’s still work to be done and their job is not yet finished.
“You can’t really think about the team you are playing against. You just have to stay composed yourself,” said Morrell, who scored 20 points in the series opener with 18 coming off attacks.
“You can’t think that it’s gonna be an easy win that’s for sure,” added the University of Alabama-Birmingham product. “We have to prepare like we’ve prepared in any other game.”
Morrell is wary of the Transformers' ability to rebound from a loss and that they themselves need to improve on a couple of things to advance in the biggest stage of the season-ending conference.
“(We have to take care of) errors, our own errors. Giving them free points can’t happen especially this is the semifinals and these are the four best teams,” she said of BaliPure’s 21 errors.
“You can go away with it in (in the elims) where not every point matters, not every win matters but when it’s the last four and it’s down to the nitty-gritty I mean you can’t give away free points,” Morrell continued.
Morrell will bank on the support of American playmaker Kaylee Manns, who had 47 excellent sets in Game 1, and mainstays Amy Ahomiro, Dzi Gevacio, Sue Roces, Charo Soriano and libero Denden Lazaro to finish off the Transformers.
If necessary, Game 3 is on Wednesday.
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