Bali Pure starts V-League without star Alyssa Valdez

Soon we get to see a tight battle for crown and fame when the action begins with Water Defenders clash and Air Force faceoff in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan. The forceful team Bali Pure owning three-time UAAP most valuable player Alyssa Valdez and maven squad Pocari Sweat and other stalwarts are top contender among all eight-teams gunning for championship.

Charo Soriano, coach of the team wants the skilled team to take charge in the 4 p.m contest and curb the absence of Valdez, reigning NCAA MVP, Gretchel Soltones and Alyssa Eroa might create. These members were invited in London for the training camps and exhibition matches, who are expected to return by June 8.

We haven’t really practiced as a team, so we expect it to be a little challenging in our first few games,” said Soriano.

Soriano also believe familiarity is important as former Ateneo teammates Denden Lazaro, Dzi Gervacio, Bea Tan and Amy Ahomiro cover the core of the Water Defenders. Meanwhile, Defenders are also expecting the release of former Ateneo standouts, Ella de Jesus and Jem Ferrer from PLDT – the home team.
The opponent team Air Spikers is equally competitive holding some super crew Judy Caballejo, Joy Cases, Iari Yongco, Mae Crisostomo, May Ann Pantino and Jennifer Manzano are looking take advantage of Bali’s no-so-good lineup. The match is organized by Sports Vision, we can catch this interesting eight-team league aired live on ABS-CNB Sports and Action Channel 23.

You would also see Team Laoag that bowed to National University in Saturday opener to return against Team Iriga at 6.30 PM. Monday’s match is very important as the winner of doubleheader will gain a chance join leaders NU and Pocari Sweat that trashed University of Philippines on Friday night with 25-18, 25-14, 25-22 score.

At 1 P.M we can catch the clash of Spikers’ Turf, Cignal and Bounty Fresh followed by the winner entering men’s opening-day winner Instituto Estetico Manila on top.

Fresh BS Political Science from the Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Norvelyn has shown her profound knowledge of Philippine Sports.