Banko-Perlas fought back from a shutout loss to PetroGazz the last time out with a 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16 victory over BaliPure yesterday to get back into the mix in the early going of the Premiver Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Flying V Center in San Juan.
Kathy Bersola unleashed a 15-point game, including six kill blocks, while import Kia Bright atoned for her paltry six-point outing against the Angels with 16 hits, including 12 attack points and four kill blocks as the Perlas Spikers tied the Creamline Cool Smashers and PacificTown Army Lady Troopers at 1-1 behind the PetroGazz Angels, who swept their first two matches.
“We were too passive the first time so we thought we had to play more aggressive and we did. We also needed to step up against our rivals’ imports,” said Bersola, who only put in four points in a stinging 19-25, 21-25, 12-25 loss to league-leading PetroGazz last Wednesday.
The Water Defenders actually even things up with a strong fightback in the second set but lost their momentum and poise in the face of the Perlas Spikers’ strong attacks in the next two frames.
Nicole Tiamzon and Turkish reinforcement Yasemin Yildirim combined for 24 points while Dzi Gervacio added eight markers and Jem Ferrer came away with 29 excellent sets for BanKo.
Motolite, meanwhile, was playing PacificTown in its debut game in the season-opening conference of the league backed by Mikasa, Asics and KFC.
Motolite and Banko-Perlas actually get to test their stamina as they complete their back-to-back weekend assignments against PetroGazz and Creamline, respectively, today (Sunday).
BaliPure, which also dropped a four-set setback to PacificTown Army in the opener of the country’s premier league organized by Sports Vision last Sunday, also fumbled in their offense with Grazielle Bombita typifying the team’s struggle with a service error that sealed the Perlas Spikers’ romp.