BaliPure eyes revenge on UST in battle for third opener
Mark Escarlote on Nov 12, 2016 04:57 AM
BaliPure adds revenge to its list of motivations in the battle for third against University of Sto. Tomas.
Revenge is the main motivation of BaliPure on Saturday as the Purest Water Defenders faceoff with elimination round tormentor University of Sto. Tomas in Game 1 of the best-of-three battle for third series at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
After absorbing a bitter upset in the semifinals against Bureau of Customs, the Water Defenders now set their eyes on the bronze medal to add to their third place finish in the Open Conference four months ago.
Standing in their way are the Tigresses that dealt BaliPure a 25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 13-25 loss last October 8 to open the conference.
“Getting that first loss (of the tournament) I’m still bitter about that,” said American import Kate Morrell, who scored 25 points in that debut game. Definitely we’ll getting revenge after that loss.”
Game time is scheduled at 4:00 p.m. and will air via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.
Morrell, who averaged 21 points per game in the semis, hopes that their elims loss against the all-Filipino collegiate team will fuel their desire to comeback after falling short in the Final Four.
The Water Defenders took the semis series opener, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21, against the Transformers only to see BoC steal the series with two straight victories. The Alyssa Valdez-led Transformers equalized with a 25-19, 15-25, 25-20, 25-17, victory in Game 2 before pulling off the series come from behind win in an epic 25-21, 25-16, 24-26, 8-25, 15-8 Game 3 escape.
“It’s gonna be tough coming off of this (semis) loss,” said Morrell. “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.”
“Hopefully that could light a fire under us but it’s gonna be a tough match. They’ve gotten better. They’ve given Pocari Sweat a huge run for their money (in the semis).”
Supporting Morrell in their drive for a third place finish are American setter Kaylee Manns, Amy Ahomiro, Dzi Gervacio, Charo Soriano, Sue Roces and libero Denden Lazaro.
The Water Defenders will face an opponent which is coming off a three-game losing skid. The Tigresses were swept in semifinals by reigning Open Conference Pocari Sweat but gave the Lady Warriors quite a scare in a five-set Game 2.
Youthful EJ Laure, Cherry Rondina, Ria Menses, Pam Lastimosa and Chloe Cortez will carry the fight for the Espana-based squad.
Game 2 of the battle for third is on Monday. If needed, Game 3 is on Monday 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.
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