Motolite roared past an erratic BaliPure side and came away with a lopsided 25-9, 25-20, 25-19 victory to join newcomer Choco Mucho in third place in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan on Sunday.
Fil-Am Iris Tolenada kept the Power Builders’ hitters busy all-game with her superb playmaking skills with Myla Pablo, reaching top form, blasting in 10 kills and finishing with 12 markers and former UP stalwarts Tots Carlos and Aie Gannaban combining for 15 points.
The shutout victory was Motolite’s second straight after crushing Chef’s Classic last week as the Power Builders wheeled back into early contention after dropping their maiden game in the season-ending conference of the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa, Asics and KFC to the powerhouse Creamline Cool Smashers in three last Aug. 14.
The Power Builders also pounced on the Water Defenders’ miscues, scoring 11 points off their rivals’ errors in each of the first two sets then held sway in the third to dash whatever hopes the Water Defenders had for a comeback.
So frustrated was BaliPure coach Rommel Abella of his wards’ sloppy game coming off a breakthrough win over the Air Force Jet Spikers last week that he sued for time after Motolite surged to 12-5 in the second set and rebuked his wards, saying: “Kung ayaw n’yo maglaro, kung ayaw n’yo sumunod, sabihin n’yo lang (If you don’t want to play or follow instructions, just tell me).”
The Water Defenders did fight back to force a tie at 17 on a 5-1 roll after the second technical timeout. But a Shirley Salamagos service error gave Motolite back the lead and the Power Builders took seven of the next 10 points to clinch the set and go 2-0.
It was more of the same in the third as Motolite raced to another 14-7 lead before virtually wrapping up the match at 21-12 with Tolenada flaunting her spiking skills this time, finishing with four markers on top of 17 excellent sets.
BaliPure, which drew 11 points from Grazielle Bombita and eight markers from Menchie Tubiera, fell to 1-3 as the Water Defenders gave up a total of 31 points off their errors.