Water Defenders extend win streak to three on rout of skidding Banko-Perlas

Three in a row now for the Water Defenders.

The young Balipure-NU squad continued to pile up more upset wins as it downed the struggling Banko-Perlas Spikers in four sets, 25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 32-30 for its third straight victory in the PVL Reinforced Conference 2018, Wednesday afternoon, at The Arena in San Juan.

Setter Joyme Cagande was named Player of the Game as she dished out a conference high 54 excellent sets to solidify her position in the top spot of the best setter race.

The five-foot-8 import Janisa Johnson had a sizzling performance for the Babes Castillo-mentored squad anew as she torched the team with 30 points built from 26 hits, two blocks, and two aces. She also had 18 excellent digs and 17 excellent receptions for an all around performance.

Down 23-24 in the fourth set, the American open hitter scored two straight points to give Balipure-NU its first match point but an Amy Ahomiro quick tied the match at 25.

Both teams traded bombs up to the 30-point mark but a Princess Robles cross court kill and a service ace ended the match,32-30.

After winning the first two sets, both at 25-22, the Water Defenders blew an 8-4 lead in the third and had to trail the Spikers by as much as six points.

Johnson scored off an emphatic down the line kill to bring Balipure-NU at 21-23 but a service error from Alyssa Solomon and Roselyn Doria sent the match to an extension.

The Water Defenders joined Creamline Cool Smashers on the upper echelon of the team standings with an identical 3-1 win-loss record while Banko-Perlas slipped in the last place with a 1-4 card.

American middle blocker Alexis Matthews contributed 18 points while Alyssa Solomon had 12 markers for the blue and white squad.

Banko-Perlas’ reinforcements had a quite game as Jutarat Montripila and Kia Bright were limited to just 18 and 15 points respectively.