We got outplayed, hands down -- Kate Morrell on BaliPure's semis loss
Mark Escarlote on Nov 09, 2016 11:37 PM
I don’t know there’s a lot of talk, in media even, you know people outside after we won in three (sets in Game 1). I think maybe subconsciously it may have been in our head (that we’ll advance to the Finals) -- Kate Morrell
Complacency ruined BaliPure’s bid to enter the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference championship round to challenge bitter rival Pocari Sweat.
After re-asserting their mastery over the Bureau of Customs in an emphatic three-set decision in the semifinals series opener, the Water Defenders thought they already have the Finals seat in the bag.
Wednesday night they were forced to swallow a bitter pill.
“I don’t know there’s a lot of talk, in media even, you know people outside after we won in three (sets in Game 1). I think maybe subconsciously it may have been in our head (that we’ll advance to the Finals),” said American open hitter Kate Morrell after BaliPure absorbed a 21-25, 16-25, 26-24, 25-8, 8-15, loss to the Transformers in Game 3 of the best-of-three semifinals at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
BoC and Pocari Sweat will start their best-of-three championship series on Saturday.
BaliPure entered the Final Four as the No. 2 seed and during the elimination round swept BoC.
The Water Defenders overpowered the Transformers in the series opener, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21.
But they just can’t get the win that mattered the most.
BoC forced the decider by taking Game 2 last Monday, 25-19, 15-25, 25-20, 25-17.
The Transformers were aggressive in the first two sets of Game 3. BaliPure came back in the next two frames only to fall short in the fifth.
“We got outplayed hands down,” said Morrell, who scored 24 points with 19 digs and 12 excellent receptions in a lost cause. “Their reception and defense were key I think in that game. So that’s what happened.”
“We tried to come in as prepared as we did in all of our other games. I think they just out-prepared us. They were ready and they outplayed us that’s for sure,” she added.
Morrell admitted that they were frustrated during the first two frames as nothing seemed to work for them.
“100% (we’re frustrated). It’s hard to play when you’re trying, trying and trying and almost like everyone at the same time’s really off and that’s really hard,” Morrell said. “I think we did a good job coming back. We just couldn’t close it off in the last game.”
The fifth set was a disaster for BaliPure with BoC building an 11-3 lead.
“They were blocking and we couldn’t convert. They were digging, they were converting into points right away. And then our service receives broke down and we couldn’t score,” she said.
The loss relegated BaliPure in the best-of-three battle for third against University of Sto. Tomas, which handed the Water Defenders a four-set defeat in their debut game.
“It’s gonna be tough coming off of this loss. You know getting kicked out, going into third and fourth and not going in to the finals. But I think if we turn around and look at it as some kind of a revenge match and redeem ourselves from the first match,” she said. “Hopefully that could light a fire under us but its gonna be a tough match. They’ve (UST) gotten better. They’ve given Pocari a huge run for their money.”
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