Manns looks to prevent another slow start as BaliPure seeks to finish off UST in third-place series
Kaylee Manns is glad to draw first blood and get some revenge on UST. Jerome Ascano

AFTER drawing first blood in the battle for third series, BaliPure skipper Kaylee Manns vowed to go for the kill against University of Santo Tomas in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference.

The Purest Water Defenders import was glad to avenge a conference opening loss to the all-Filipina collegiate UST team after American hitter Kate Morrell led BaliPure to a 19-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-18, win in Game One of the best-of-three series on Saturday at the PhilSports Arena.

“Yeah (it’s our revenge), because they’re the team that beat us during the regular [elimination round] so it was fun to come out to show that they did not deserve to beat us,” said the American setter.

Morrell finished with 28 points, from 25 kills and three blocks, while Manns dished out all of the team’s 51 excellent sets to bring BaliPure a win away from a third place finish.

But despite winning the match, Manns could not simply let go of their slow start, allowing UST to take the first set.

“Of course (were pissed), we played terrible (in the first set),” she said. “Nothing against them, they played great, but we were like looking at each other, like ‘what are you gonna do?’ We didn’t have a ton of training time and coach Tai (Bundit) wasn’t there and it was a mess.”

Game Two is set on Monday and Manns admitted that they’re on the hunt to finish off the pesky Tigresses.

“Motivated? We’re more motivated now,” she said.  

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