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PLDT drubs winless BaliPure, clinches PVL pool B third seed

JR Isaga
PLDT drubs winless BaliPure, clinches PVL pool B third seed

BREAKTHROUGH. Mika Reyes celebrates as the PLDT High Speed Hitters score a point.


New PLDT recruit Mika Reyes drops her best game yet to help the High Speed Hitters avoid a winless end to their PVL elimination run

MANILA, Philippines – The PLDT High Speed Hitters tallied its first win in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference with a hard-fought straight-setter over the BaliPure Water Defenders, 25-20, 26-24, 25-22, at the Paco Arena on Wednesday, March 23.

With the win, PLDT clinched the third seed of Pool B with a 1-2 record. Meanwhile, BaliPure settled for the fourth seed, still winless at 0-3.

New recruit Mika Reyes had her best outing yet with the Hitters, and led the team with 11 points off 7 attacks, 3 blocks, and an ace. Dell Palomata and Chin Basas each had 8 markers in the win, while Jules Samonte and Fiola Ceballos added 7 points apiece off the bench.

Despite the clean sweep by the Hitters, the Water Defenders actually fought tooth-and-nail, and seized the lead multiple times throughout the game, but ultimately failed to also nab the crucial breaks of the contest.

They last pulled ahead in the deciding set, 20-19, off a 6-1 run capped by a Jho Maraguinot hit, before a pair of Heather Guino-o aces sparked a 5-1 PLDT fightback for the win.

“It was personally a hassle to go down in consecutive games, and we felt down,” said Reyes in a mix of English and Filipino after the game.

“But I think it’s a good thing that this happened because we realized that we still have a lot to adjust and change, especially with our team chemistry.”

Janine Marciano paced the loss with a game-high 13 points, while Maraguinot chipped in 10 markers, 12 excellent digs, and 6 excellent receptions.

As the third seed, PLDT will face the twice-to-beat second seed of Pool A, which will either be the F2 Cargo Movers or the Choco Mucho Flying Titans.

Meanwhile, BaliPure will shoot for an upset against the yet-undefeated Cignal HD Spikers, also owners of a twice-to-beat perk as the first seed. –

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