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 FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Water Defenders moved a win closer to claiming their breakthrough crown and could finish off on Wednesday the same opponent that denied them the Reinforced Conference title two months ago.
“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 Jasmine Nabor orchestrating BaliPure’s fluid execution to dampen the day Pocari Sweat’s Myla Pablo earned the conference’s Most Valuable Player award.
Game 2 of the series is on Wednesday.
If needed, Game 3 is on August 19.