Balipure-NU responds to Tacloban’s late game gambit, stretches win streak to two

Balipure-NU found an answer to Nes Pamilar’s late game adjustment to stun the more veteran Tacloban Fighting Warays in four sets, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference, Saturday night, at Batangas City Sports Complex.

The Water Defenders responded to Pamilar’s move in putting Thai import back in the middle position, which worked to Tacloban’s advantage in the third, as they cruised to an early 7-0 lead in the fourth, with their net defense on point.

The Fighting Warays came close at 22-23 but foreign reinforcements Alexis Matthews and Janisa Johnson came to the rescue and scored the final points for Balipure-NU.

The American middle blocker delivered her best performance in the conference so far and came alive in the perfect time as she scored six of her 19 points in the fourth frame alone while Johnson sizzled for a game-high 27 points from 22 attacks and five blocks.

Balipure-NU opened the game with a comfortable 2-0 sets lead but suffered a meltdown in the third frame as Tacloban found their offensive rhythm, with Amporn doing the damage from the middle while Jovie Prado and Shola Alvarez providing the support from the left wing.

The Water Defenders improved to a 2-1 win loss record and tied league leaders Creamline Cool Smashers on top of the team standings while Pamilar and the Fighting Warays ended their two-game winning streak after absorbing their second loss in four outings.