BALIPURE-NU ended its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on a high note, keeping Tacloban winless after a 25-18, 25-16, 25-16 victory on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
American import Janisa Johnson and high school standout Faith Nesperos finished with 17 and 13 points, respectively, for the Water Defenders, who bagged their second win in five outings in the quarterfinals.
“Overall I think it’s a very productive season for them, sabi ko nga perspective, it’s the first time that majority of high school squad has (been) fielded in,” said BaliPure-NU coach Babes Castillo.
Although they fell short of a semifinal spot, the outspoken mentor stressed that he was proud of what his young team has achieved.
“It was a good start but I think we anticipated that they might be they will be challenged in the midway doon sa liga because syempre mga seasoned and veterans ang mga (kalaban), lumabas nga ang pagkabata nila. That’s what we saw,” he said.
“But again it’s a very good experience for them going back to their high school and sa magka-college going into their next UAAP Season. I think it’s a very good experience for them,” he added.
American middle blocker Alexis Matthews came away with eight markers, while high school standouts Mhicaela Belen and Ivy Lacsina each had six points for BaliPure-NU.
Thai import Hyapha Amporn made 13 points for Tacloban, while her entire team scored 14 markers from attacks, blocks and service aces.
The Fighting Warays, who were No. 3 at the end of eliminations, were winless in five outings in the quarterfinals.