BaliPure turns back Cignal for back-to-back PVL wins

BaliPure shrugged off a rocky start and averted a meltdown to topple Cignal, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22, for its second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference in Ilocos Norte on Sunday, July 25.

Grazielle Bombita dropped a game-high-tying 19 points off 17 attacks to lead three other players in double figures as the Water Defenders hiked their record to 2-1.

It was Bombita who delivered a crucial hit late that kept the HD Spikers, who dropped to 1-3, at bay.

Cignal trailed 21-12 in the fourth set before it unloaded a 10-2 run behind 6 points from Janine Marciano and narrowed the gap to a point, 23-22.

But Bombita came to the rescue with a clutch attack to put BaliPure at match point as Santi Espiritu sealed the win for the Water Defenders with a service ace.

Bernadette Flora churned out 14 points built on 10 attacks for BaliPure, while Gen Casugod and Gyra Barroga had 12 points each.

Marciano was a dominant force with 19 points for Cignal, but she lacked sufficient help from her teammates as no other HD Spikers player finished in double digits.

Up 18-11 in the first set, Cignal withstood a BaliPure rally for a 1-0 lead.

The Water Defenders' first-set comeback – albeit unsuccessful – proved to be a sign of bad things to come for the HD Spikers as BaliPure took the next two sets convincingly. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.