Young BaliPure repels Perlas, extends streak to grab share of PVL lead
MANILA, Philippines – BaliPure wore down BanKo-Perlas in an extended 4th set showdown and carved out a 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 32-30 decision to tie idle PayMaya and Creamline in the lead in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan on Wednesday, May 23.
The Water Defenders fought off two set points in the 4th on a pair of back-row attacks then leaned on high school star Princess Robles’ crisp hit and on a BanKo-Perlas’ sloppy service receive to pound out the victory – their 3rd straight after dropping their opening game to the Iriga-Navy Lady Oragons last May 9.
Robles, one of a slew of high school aces from the Nazareth School of National U backstopping BaliPure’s campaign, actually delivered the last serve which the Perlas Spikers over-received, leading to the match-clinching point.
American Janisa Johnson unleashed a 30-point game, including 4 in the stretch, and drew big help from the young local crew of BaliPure, including reigning UAAP girls Best Setter Joyme Cagande, who tossed in 54 excellent sets, 17 more than BanKo-Perlas’ team output.
While the young BaliPure side sustained its surge, BanKo-Perlas absorbed its 4th straight defeat after stunning title favorite Creamline in Tuguegarao two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, newcomer Vice Co. stunned erstwhile unbeaten Instituto Estetico Manila, 28-30, 25-21, 25-23, 25-16, to gain an early share of the lead with its victim at 2-1.
Johnson pumped in 26 kills, two blocks and two aces she punctuated with 18 excellent receptions and 17 digs in a superb all-around game.
She churned out a 31-hit game against Petro Gazz and unleashed 27 points against Tacloban last Saturday in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.
American Alexis Mathews backed her up with 18 points, Alyssa Solomon added 12, while Robles finished with 9 points.
Ivy Lacsina also had two markers, including a huge block off Jutarat Montripila that shoved the Water Defenders to the lead, 30-29, before the Thai ace countered with a kill.
Montripila finished with 18 points, American Lakia Bright added 15, while Suzanne Roces, Dzi Gervacio and Amy Ahomiro combined for 22 for the Perlas Spikers.– Rappler.com