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Former teammates put one over Valdez

Laoag needed two match points to outlast a veteran Air Force crew, 20-25, 26-24, 25-21, 26-24, yesterday to pick up its second win in three outings in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Leading 21-19 in the fourth set, the Power Smashers saw the Lady Jet Spikers attack the net before Grethcel Soltones and Wenneth Eulalio stepped up for the all-Filipino squad.

Soltones, a former Most Valuable Player, shone for Laoag with 13 points in three sets after coming in late due to academic commitments.

The San Sebastian standout highlighted her performance with 12 kills.

Eulalio, for her part, finished with 10 points including three aces.

Despite its talent-laden roster, Laoag veteran coach Nes Pamilar admitted his stalwarts are still working on their communication inside the court.

In the other game, BaliPure outplayed a tough Bureau of Customs, 26-24, 25-21, 25-21, to even its win-loss record at 1-1.

American import Kate Morrell sizzled with 17 points, while Dzi Gervacio and Amy Ahomiro scored 10 points apiece for the Water Defenders to outshine former teammate Alyssa Valdez of the BoC Transformers.

Valdez played against her former team for the first time.