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BaliPure, Customs prime up for V-L Final Four ‘wars’

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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BUREAU Customs and BaliPure are making sure they’re peaking at the right time heading to the best-of-three semifinals of the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference.

The Transformers and the Water Defenders have wrapped up the two remaining Final Four slots with two playdates left in the single round eliminations.

Customs coach Sherwin Meneses thinks reception will be the key in their bid for a championship on their maiden stint in the league.

“Never mind the difficult ones, but if we can get the easy balls, we’ll have a strong chance,” said Meneses.

The Transformers have been working behind the troika of Alyssa Valdez and Thai reinforcements Kanjana Kuthaisong and Nathanicha Jaisaen but have made a conscious effort to improve on their defense with the conversion of Fen Emnas from setter to libero.

Emnas, a standout from Adamson who Meneses is very familiar with, has formed Customs’ two-libero rotation that also consisted of Jonalyn Ibisa.
“Before, we used to have only one libero (Ibisa), now we have two,” said Meneses.
BaliPure actually fumbled at the start of the season-ending conference of the league where it all started, bowing to University of Santo Tomas, 25-21, 25-27, 23-25, 13-25, last Oct. 8.
Since then, everything is falling into place for the Water Defenders, who won four straight to advance.
“We’ve sorted out our chemistry issues by making sure we have communication in and out of the court,” said BaliPure team captain Charo Soriano after a 25-21, 26-24, 25-13 win over Laoag last Wednesday.
“Because of that, we’re improving every game and hopefully we’ll be a better team come the semis and hopefully the finals,” she added.
Though the final rankings will only be known next week, a pair of explosive Final Four matches is assured among UST, Pocari, BaliPure and Customs with the No. 1 clashing with the No. 4 and the Nos. 2 and 3 teams slugging it out in best-of-three playoffs.