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    BaliPure escapes winless Chef's Classics to snap six-game PVL skid

    Sep 28, 2019

    BALIPURE survived Chef’s Classics, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 17-25, 17-15, to end a six-game losing streak in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

    Team captain Grazielle Bombita had a game-high 27 points for the Purest Water Defenders, who improved to a 3-10 win-loss record.

    Menchie Tubiera had 15 markers, 17 digs and 14 excellent receptions and Satrriani Espiritu also had 15 for BaliPure.

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    “Malaking bagay para sa amin kasi we’re a rebuilding team, the more wins na mukukuha namin the better,” said BaliPure coach Rommel Abella. “Not only para sa tinging ng management pero for the team itself and para sa mga players din kasi confidence building kapag nakikita mong nananalo eh.”

    The Purest Water Defenders looked to end the match after reaching match point, 14-13, erasing a four-point deficit, 6-10, in the fifth set.

    Justine Tiu scored back-to-back points to give Chef’s Classics the match point, 15-14, but Tubiera tied the match, Espiritu scored on a block and Bien Juanillo committed a net error that sealed the win for BaliPure.

    “Sinasabi lang po namin na, paulit-ulit, kailangan lang naming magtiwala at maging matapang,” said Bombita. “Although ganoon kalayo ‘yung scores namin, pero hindi namin kailangang bitawan. Ilalaban talaga namin.”

    “Sa akin naman, malaki naman ‘yung tiwala ko sa teammates ko, tulad ng sinasabi ko sa kanila,” she added. “Minsan kasi sila din ‘yung nagsasabi na ‘ate, kaya mo ‘yan’, sobrang laki ng tiwala ko sa kanila. Kaya nilang pumuntos, kailangan lang naming magtulong-tulong para maka-score kami.”

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    Tiu finished with 23 points, all from spikes, but her efforts went down the drain as Chef’s Classics remained winless in 13 games.

    Nieza Viray had 19 points, while Ella Viray added 13 markers for the Lady Red Spikers.

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