BaliPure battles stomach flu in bronze medal series opening win

Mark Escarlote on Nov 12, 2016 07:33 PM
BaliPure battles stomach flu in series opening win
Our entire team has some sort of mild food poisoning. So we’ve been all battling it -- American setter Kaylee Manns

BaliPure battled not only the pesky University of Sto. Tomas Saturday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference battle for third best-of-three series opener, half of the Purest Water Defenders also had a bout with mild food poisoning.

But BaliPure soldiered on to take a 1-0 series lead to tame its elimination round elimination round tormentors University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses, 19-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-18 at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. 

American setter Kaylee Manns admitted that they struggled at the start of the match because of it.

“Our entire team has some sort of mild food poisoning. So we’ve been all battling it. There’s probably five or six of us who ate somewhere,” said Manns, who dished out 51 excellent sets and had eight points. “It’s kinda slow start for us but then we started to some kinda look at each other like ‘Hey let’s fight through this. Let’s go and win this next three’. And we did, which is good.”

American reinforcement Kate Morrell was one of the victim but still collected 28 points which included 25 attacks. 

Veteran Charo Soriano said that they contacted the illness Wednesday night. 

“Half of the team na-food poison. Like Me, Kaylee, Kate (Morrell), Sasa (Devanadera), si Kiwi (Ahomiro). We experienced a little bit of stomach flu so the past couple of days even until today,” she said.

No player was hospitalized.

“Of course we don’t want it to have an effect in the game and we tried not to think about it,” added Soriano, who failed to score but played quality minutes for BaliPure. “But then hopefully we’ll be able to go past that. We’re just drinking medicine, hydrating and also our PT is taking good care of us when it comes to like meds and making sure we’re hydrated.

“We still have the stomach flu pero it’s better naman than the last two days. Hopefully, by tomorrow and Monday we’ll get stronger.”

Game 2 is on Monday.

If needed, Game 3 is on Wednesday but if the Finals series between Pocari Sweat and Bureau of Customs ends in two games and the battle for third series is tied, the team with the superior quotient will pocket the bronze.

The Tigresses, who were swept by Pocari Sweat in the semis, dropped its fourth straight game.





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