Premier Volleyball League

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

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

BALANCED SCORING. Gen Casugod and three other players score in double figures for BaliPure.

PVL Media Bureau

After dropping the opening set, BaliPure proceeds to beat Cignal in the next three sets to improve to 2-1 in the PVL Open Conference

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.