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BaliPure starts life without Valdez; UP vs Coast Guard

Games Today
(Philsports Arena, Pasig City)
12:30 p.m. – IEM vs Champion (men’s)
4 p.m. – Coast Guard vs UP (women’s)
6 p.m. – UST vs BaliPure (women’s)

BaliPure begins its title campaign without Alyssa Valdez in its roster when it clashes with pace-setter University of Santo Tomas today in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Match is set at 6 p.m. with the Water Defenders, composed mostly of former Ateneo standouts, eager to start life without the biggest star of the sport.

Valdez played for BaliPure in the Open Conference early this year before she was acquired by Bureau of Customs last month.

But even without Valdez, the Water Defenders remain formidable owing to the presence of American reinforcements in setter Kaylee Manns and Katharine Morrell.

“They are very aggressive on the court so I hope we can become more aggressive also. There’s a lot of potential in our team and I hope we can get that out as the conference goes,” said Amy Ahomiro, one of the veteran players of BaliPure.

Aside from Ahomiro and the American imports, BaliPure also boasts of former back-to-back MVP Sue Roces, Charo Soriano, Ella De Jesus, Dzi Gervacio and Sasa Devanadera.

The Tigresses, however, are off to a good start after winning their first two games. They are tied for the lead with Valdez’s Customs.

Without imports to boost their title bid, the Tigresses will have to rely on EJ Laure, Chloe Cortez, and Carla Sandoval.

The España-based crew, however, is putting premium on its defense this time, knowing BaliPure has plenty of strong attackers.

That job belongs to Ria Meneses who is fast rising as one of the league’s able defenders – thanks to her leaping ability and timing.

Meanwhile, University of the Philippines and Coast Guard try to barge into the win column when they collide at 4 p.m.

The Coast Guard Lady Dolphins bowed to Laoag (25-8, 25-15, 25-16) and UST (25-16, 25-10, 25-23), while the Lady Maroons are still licking their wounds from a straight-set 25-23, 25-18, 25-22 defeat to Customs.

In Spikers’ Turf, Champion Supra starts its campaign when it meets Instituto Estetico Manila (0-1) at 12:30 p.m.