The PLDT Power Hitters won their second game in a row, 25-17, 25-15, 25-19, over the BaliPure Water Defenders in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Thursday at the PCV Socio-Civic and Cultural Center in Bacarra.
The win allowed PLDT to improve their win-loss record to 2-6. However, it did not come easy as the Power Hitters had to scratch and claw from an eight-point deficit in the third set to surge ahead, 23-19. A miscue by BaliPure and then, a block by Rhea Dimaculangan on Bern Flora put an emphatic end to the contest in PLDT’s favor.
PLDT head coach Roger Gorayeb said that the win was a great morale-booster for a team that has plenty of new players.
“Kailangan talaga namin para bumalik yung confidence nila saka maganda para sa isang bagong form na team yung nagpapanalo kami ng ganito. Maganda yung nilaro, masaya ako,” said Gorayeb.
“Sabi ko sa kanila una ‘wag nating laruin yung laro ng BaliPure. Kasi yung mga first two sets lamang kami malalayo tapos nung third set nabaliktad, hindi puwedeng bababa kayo dapat tatlong 25 points para manalo,” added Gorayeb.
Jorelle Singh paced PLDT with 16 points.
Meanwhile, Graze Bombita led BaliPure with nine points. However, the Water Defenders dropped their fifth game in a row to fall to 2-6. (JNP)