STILL playing as if there’s something a sense of urgency, BaliPure tore Philippine Coast Guard to shreds, 25-12, 25-8, 25-9, to finish its elimination round campaign on a high note yesterday in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference yesterday at the Philsports Arena.
The 63-minute match was a cakewalk, but for skipper Kaylee Manns, she knew that the Water Defenders are a better team than what they played against the lowly Lady Dolphins.
“I think that this game was slower. Definitely, there were a lot of errors on both parts,” said Manns, the BaliPure’s American setter who tossed in 42 excellent sets and had three service aces for a six-point outing. “But we knew we needed the win in order to get good seeding. We came out and play our best.”
With the victory, the fifth in seven contests, the Water Defenders will finish the eliminations no lower than third place.
BaliPure has actually tied Bureau of Customs at 5-2, but the latter has an inferior quotient, putting the newcomers in fourth slot.
The Water Defenders’ other American reinforcement Kate Morrell led the way with 20 points and 12 digs, while Dzi Gervacio added 13 points.
Amy Ahomiro had five service aces to finish with nine points while Suzanne Roces had two blocks to finish with eight points for BaliPure.
Aside from going 0-7, Coast Guard has never won a set in the season-ending tournament.
The Lady Dolphins could only muster 10 attack points.