Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, July 3, 2017

PVL Open Conference: BaliPure vs Power Smashers July 2, 2017

BaliPure: A character building win
by rick olivares

The BaliPure Purest Water Defenders opened the PVL Open Conference account with a thrilling come-from-behind five-set win over the Power Smashers (25-15, 22-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-6) last Sunday July 2 at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The game was once more a microcosm of their Reinforced Conference where they lost in the finals. BaliPure would race to take the first set, see their intensity drop, then rally. Luckily, this time, they won. In the last conference, they fell in Games One and Three after taking the opening frame.

It would be easy to say that the five-set win over a deeper Power Smashers team is a character-building win. Sure it is. However, the real character building games were the last finals because that was for a title. The team has already proven they can compete. The question is now – can they finish? Furthermore, this one – it’s good because a win is a win but you have to be concerned with their staying power, concentration, and nerve.

The operational word is “consistency”. The Purest Water Defenders got very good games out of Grethcel Soltones, Risa Sato, and Jerrili Malabanan. But that is what you want and expect of them. I think the crucial contributions of Aiko Urdas (15 points) and Irish Oliveros (3 points) propelled them to victory.

This was that game where help came from everywhere. Aside from the good play by liberos Lizlee Ann Pantone and Alyssa Eroa, Jasmine Nabor played well setting-wise and scoring wise (she finished with 8 points). Newcomer Abigail Noval played well in the spot duty (third set) she was sent in for.

Now if only Jorelle Singh and Macy Mendiola can help out.

It is good that team management kept this team together although they need an additional piece here and there to give them more options and weapons. They are still good enough to play for a championship. The question really is their consistency.

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