BALIPURE completed a come-from-behind 25-15, 22-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-6 win over Power Smashers to kick off its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
Grethcel Soltones took matters into her own hands in the fifth set when the Water Defenders pulled away from a close 8-6 contest by scoring the game's final seven points.
Still, BaliPure coach Roger Gorayeb couldn't help but rant about his wards lack of urgency to close out the match especially in the second set where blew a 13-10 lead.
“Parang masyado silang masaya, ok masaya, pero parang nawala na sila sa focus, tapos nag-iba na 'yung timpla ng itsura nila noong naging dikitan na,” said the veteran mentor.
“Sabi ko hindi pwedeng ganoon, lumabas ang pagkabata ng karakter nila,” he added. “Pero ang panalo ay panalo, we have to learn from it.”
Risa Sato added 18, Jerrili Malabanan chipped in 16, including three aces in the game-ending 7-0 run. Aiko Urdas had 15 for BaliPure.
Playmaker Jasmine Nabor delivered all of the the Cool Smashers’ 57 excellent sets in a match that took almost two hours to finish.
Mary Dominique Pacres made 13 points to lead the Power Smashers, while Regine Arocha and Alexandra Tan combined for 22 markers.