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BaliPure shocks Pocari Sweat in finals opener

BaliPure stunned Pocari Sweat in straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, Saturday to draw first blood in their inaugural Premier Volleyball League Open Conference best-of-three Finals series at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Water Defenders moved a win closer to claiming their breakthrough crown and could finish off the same opponent that denied them the Reinforced Conference title two months ago on Wednesday.

BaliPure convincingly defeated Pocari Sweat in the Open Conference best-of-three Finals series opener. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
"Wala na silang ibang nasa isip kundi ang manalo," said BaliPure coach Roger Gorayeb.

Conference 2nd Best Outside Spiker Grethcel Soltones, Aiko Urdas, 2nd Best Middle Blocker winner Risa Sato and Jerrili Malaban connived on offense with Angelica Cayuna and Jasmine Nabor alternating to orchestrate BaliPure’s fluid executions to dampen the day Pocari Sweat’s Myla Pablo earned the conference’s Most Valuable Player award.

"Ang ganda ng nilaro ng mga bata. Maganda rin ang nilaro ni Aiko," said Gorayeb, whose squad had a roller-coaster ride heading into the playoffs after going down 2-3 in the elims barely escaping an early elimination and overcoming a 0-1 deficit in the semifinals against top seed Creamline.

Game 2 of the series is on Wednesday. If needed, Game 3 is on August 19.

Author: Mark Escarlote, ABS-CBN Sports
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/12/17/pvl-balipure-shocks-pocari-sweat-in-finals-opener

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