BACARRA, Ilocos Norte — Graze Bombita and Bern Flora carried BaliPure to slay giant Chery Tiggo, 19-25, 25-19, 13-25, 27-25, 15-12 for its first victory in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Thursday at the PCV Socio-Civic and Cultural Center.
BaliPure vs Chery Tiggo recap
Bombita and Flora sparked the Purest Water Defenders late rally in the fourth set and delivered the killer blows in the decider to snap the Crossovers’ two-game winning streak.
Bombita scored a clutch hit to put BaliPure at match point, 14-11. Jaja Santiago saved a point for Chery Tiggo but Jasmine Nabor committed a crucial setting error.
Bombita unleashed 24 points off 21 attacks, two blocks and an ace, while Flora finished with 16 points and 17 excellent receptions as BaliPure improved with 1-1 win-loss record.
Setter Alina Bicar made 24 excellent sets on top of 22 digs and seven points. Middle blockers Shirley Salamagos and Gen Casugod added 10 and eight markers respectively.
“Sabi nga ni Graze, nakakahigh morale yung panalo na ‘to especially Chery Tiggo na natalo namin. One of the contenders talaga ‘to going into the tournament,” said BaliPure head coach John Abella. “Sila yung isa sa teams na tinitignan namin na pwede magfinals so beating them talagang nakakauplift ng spirit.”
The Water Defenders needed to erase a 13-19 deficit in the fourth set with Bombita leading the comeback to take the set point advantage, 24-23. The Crossovers saved two set points but Flora forced the decider, scoring three straight clutch attacks.
Chery Tiggo dropped to solo second place with 2-1 record despite Jaja Santiago’s 23-point explosion, off 19 kills and four blocks.
Dindin Santiago-Manabat chipped in 17 points, highlighted with four aces. Arriane Layug and Rachel Austero added 14 and 10 markers, respectively.
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