MYLA Pablo and Iris Tolenada powered Motolite to a quick 25-9, 25-20, 25-19 victory over BaliPure last night in the PVL Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
”It was a good win,” said coach Godfrey Okumu after Motolite’s second straight win in the season-ending tournament.
Pablo and Tolenada, who were teammates in the Pocari Sweat team that became the last champions of the now defunct V-League three years ago, played pretty well together for Motolite.
A former league MVP, Pablo scored 12 points while Fil-Am playmaker Tolenada, who celebrated her 28th birthday yesterday, tossed in 17 excellent sets to go with six digs and four points.
“I love playing with Myla. She’s so fun. She is a great volleyball player. And she just works hard,” said Tolenada of Pablo.
”I think Myla and myself are doing our best to become the team leaders. We just have to keep on working hard,” stressed Tolenada.
Isa Molde fired five service aces to finish with nine points to go with four receptions, Aie Ganaban had two blocks to finish with seven points, while Tots Carlos tallied six kills and 10 digs for Motolite.
“Our passing and defense was great,” said Tolenada.
In the Collegiate Conference, rookie Imee Hernandez had 20 points, including three blocks, while Rachelle Roldan added 17 hits, 11 digs and 10 receptions as last season’s UAAP runner-up University of Santo Tomas turned back College of Saint Benilde, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 24-26, 15-12, to match the 2-0 slate of NCAA titlist Arellano University on top of Pool B.
Ivana Agudo fired four service aces highlighting her 16 hits for Far Eastern University’s easy 25-13, 25-22, 25-16 victory over Technological Institute of the Philippines in Pool B.
Cesca Racraquin had five service aces for a 27-point outing and collected 18 digs while Kim Manzano chipped in 16 points, including five blocks, as San Beda rallied past Letran, 21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-8, 15-11, to even its Pool A record to 1-1.
With the victory, Motolite moved to third place along with idle Choco Mucho at 2-1 behind defending champion Creamline (5-0) and Pacifictown-Army (2-0).
Grazielle Bombita had two blocks to finish with 11 points while Menchie Tubiera contributed eight kills for the Water Defenders.
BaliPure failed to follow up last Wednesday’s breakthrough five-set win over Air Force to drop at 1-3 at the near bottom of the standings.
Okumu still credited the Water Defenders, who put up a gallant stand in the second and third set after scoring only nine points in the opening frame.
”BaliPure played well today. But our plans went well,” said Okumu.