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BaliPure dethrones Pocari for maiden PVL crown

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) After two seasons, the BaliPure Water Defenders finally earned their breakthrough championship in the Premier Volleyball League.

Displaying composure down the stretch, the Water Defenders outlasted defending champion Pocari Sweat, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, in Game 2 of the PVL Open Conference finals on Wednesday at FilOil Flying V Centre.

BaliPure won its breakthrough title in the PVL. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
It is BaliPure's first title since joining the league last season, and gave the Water Defenders a measure of revenge against the Lady Warriors, who defeated them in the finals of the Reinforced Conference two months ago.

With the impressive victory on Wednesday, BaliPure not only swept Pocari in the finals, but it also handed the Lady Warriors their first loss in the finals since the Philips Gold franchise joined the league last year, too.

"I don't look at it as bumawi kami," said BaliPure coach Roger Gorayeb of their rematch. "Regardless kung sino man 'yan, lalaro kami ng mahusay talaga. Lalaro tayo para mag-champion tayo, kahit sino man 'yan."

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/16/17/balipure-dethrones-pocari-for-maiden-pvl-crown

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