PVL: In tournament comeback, BaliPure also hopes to return to glory

Mark Escarlote, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at May 26 2019 04:58 AM | Updated as of May 26 2019 05:20 AM

BaliPure will make its return to the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference after skipping last year’s season-ending tournament.

New head coach Romel Abella welcomes the new challenge of leading a revamped Water Defenders, who won the 2017 Open Conference title. 

“Challenge na rin kasi na puro bago ang mga players namin and at the same time ’yung mga players namin since bago nga it’s their time to prove na ’yung skills nila at par sa level ng paglalaruan namin,” said Abella, who steered former team Pocari Sweat to the throne in the inaugural staging of the import-laden conference.

The Water Defenders skipped the 2018 Open Conference after a sixth place finish in the Reinforced tournament, in which BaliPure fielded a core of high-school and college standouts from National University.

This time, BaliPure will lean on the leadership of veteran player Grazielle Bombita, who played for Iriga last year.

Helping Bombita are first-time imports Danijela Dzakovic from Montenegro and Slovakian Alexandra Vajdova.

BaliPure will open its campaign on Sunday against ParificTown Army.

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The Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference begins on May 26, Sunday, 2 p.m. LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, iWant and via livestream.

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