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Bali Pure clinches semis seat in five-set duel against Creamline

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Tiebreaker Times Bali Pure clinches semis seat in five-set duel against Creamline News PVL Volleyball  Tai Bundit Roger Gorayeb Risa Sato Lizlee Ann Pantone Laura Schaudt Kuttika Kaewpin Jennifer Keddy Jasmine Nabor 2017 PVL Women's Reinforced Conference 2017 PVL Season

With both teams coming off grueling five-setters last Sunday, the Bali Pure Water Defenders showed greater endurance, outlasting the Creamline Cool Smashers in another match that went the distance, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-17, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Relief was Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb’s biggest takeaway after the match. His squad had clinched a seat in the top two and an outright semifinals berth.

The Water Defenders can now take a break after playing nearly every game day for two weeks.

“Malaking bagay ‘to kasi makakapgpahinga na kami. Pagod na talaga ang mga players. Ngayon, at least, may chance kami to recover because we won’t have to play in the quarterfinals. That’s big for our team,” said Gorayeb.

After trading wins in the first two sets, Bali Pure made the most of their momentum heading into the fifth set, going on a 6-1 run that pushed them to a 12-6 lead. From there, Jeng Bualee and Grethcel Soltones put the finishing touches on the match.

“Everyone played well. When there were times that the starters weren’t playing well, my bench players stepped up. That was big for us,” added Gorayeb.

American middle blocker Jennifer Keddy led Bali Pure with 18 points. Sato added 16, while Bualee finished with 15.

The Water Defenders have clinched a top two seed with their 7-2 record. They play the Perlas Spikers on Thursday.

Thai import Kuttika Kawepin towed Creamline with 26 points. Cool Smashers skipper Alyssa Valdez played limited minutes, scoring just two points as she played as service specialist most of the match. The Cool Smashers dropped to a 3-6 slate.

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The Scores

Bali Pure (3) – Keddy 18, Sato 16, Bualee 15, Soltones 8, Malabanan 7, Nabor 5, Urdas 2, Singh 1, Pantone (L)

Creamline (2) – Kaewpin 26, Schaudt 16, Galanza 12, Soriano 11, Bravo 3, Cabanos 3, Valdez 2, Racraquin (L)

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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