PSL: Balse stars as Smart turns back Cocolife

Old but still gold.

Veteran hitter Mary Jean Balse led the charge as the Smart Giga Hitters eked out a four-set victory, 25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18, against the Cocolife Asset Managers during the crucial preliminary round of the 2018 Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Balse, 35, played her best game in years as she uncorked nine kills, three blocks and three aces for 15 markers to steer Smart back to the winning column after their straight set beating from Cignal HD Spikers.

The former UST stalwart, who played as open hitter, was not only effective in producing much needed points but was also efficient in leadership as she guided Smart, composed of young UST hitters, to a 2-1 card.

Smart will face winless UE-Cherrylume to strengthen their playoffs bid on July 10, while Cocolife tries to recover from their two-game losing skid as they take on unbeaten Cignal squad on July 14.

Photo credit: Philippine Superliga on Facebook

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