BaliPure draws closer to a podium finish

Mark Escarlote on Nov 12, 2016 06:18 PM
BaliPure draws closer to a podium finish
BaliPure drew closer to salvaging a bronze medal finish.

BaliPure came back from a set down to exact revenge against its elimination round tormentors University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses, 19-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-18 as the Purest Water Defenders inched closer to a podium finish Saturday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference best-of-three battle for third series at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

American import Kate Morrell led BaliPure’s offense to take the series opener against the same team that spoiled their conference debut in four sets a month ago.

Morrell scored 28 points with 25 coming off kills. The open spiker also contributed on defense with 13 digs. Amy Ahomiro scored 11 while veteran Suzanne Roces got 10 markers for the Water Defenders, whose half of the squad played through a stomach flu becaue of a mild food poisoning.

"I think we started to play defense and had giod service receive. I think that's the name of the game. If we can service receive we can win," said American setter Kaylee Manns, who dished out 51 excellent sets and had eight points.      

The Water Defenders, who fell short of its bid for a Finals berth in three games against Bureau of Customs, can close the series 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 Final Four, dropped its fourth straight game.

EJ Laure scored 23 points for the Espana-based squad while Cherry Rondina and Marivic Meneses finished with nine.



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