(Filoil Flying V Centre)
12:30 p.m. -- Cignal vs Champion (Spikers' Turf)
4 p.m. -- BOC vs UST (V-League)
6 p.m. -- UP vs Pocari Sweat (V-League)
BALIPURE played with cohesion and in unison to beat Bureau of Customs, 26-24, 25-21, 25-21, to rebound from a shock loss to University of Santo Tomas late Wednesday in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena.
“We’re more solid as a team now. We were really working on our defense and our counterattacks. Against the Tigresses, we were a bit scrappy, but it’s understandable because it’s our first game,” said Water Defenders’ co-captain.
The presence of Thai coach Tai Bundit showed up after undergoing an eye check-up back in Thailand, also helped BaliPure, which is now tied with Open Conference champion Pocari Sweat at 1-1.
“Coach Tai also helped a lot, instructing us where to be, reminding us what to do,” said Soriano.
Also, Kaylee Manns, the Water Defenders' American setter, said the team is starting to come together.
“After our first game, we talked and we said, that’s not us. I think we overlooked UST, defense-wise, we were better. It was a lot, lot better than the last time. It was a good team effort, not one person," said Manns, who produced 34 excellent sets and finished with four points.
Katne Morrell led BaliPure with 17 points while Dzi Gervacio and Amy Ahomiro added 10 hits apiece for Bali Pure, which also leaned on its superb court coverage, reception and net defense.
The Water Defenders’ familiarity on superstar Alyssa Valdez also keyed in neutralizing the Transformers.
Valdez actually came into the BaliPure match oozing with confidence coming off a league-best 39-hit effort in Customs’ 18-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9 victory over Laoag last week.
The Transformers also came into the game in full force with Thai reinforcements.