MANILA, Philippines -- Motolite arrested a four-game losing skid as the league newcomer scored its breakthrough win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the expense of listless BaliPure, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18, on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Guest player Channon Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago showed the way for Motolite to end the first round on a winning note.
Thompson scored 20 points off 14 spikes, four kill blocks and a couple of aces while Tots Carlos and Marist Layug finished with eight markers each for Motolite. Krystle Esdelle of Trinidad and Tobago finished with seven points.
“We just wanted to end the first round on a really positive note. It's been a really, really tough week for us,” said Motolite coach Air Padda.
“I told them today that it doesn't matter if the games that we played in the past, what only matters is the most important game that we play is the one that we are playing today," she added.
Motolite broke the spirit of the Water Defenders in the second set after coming back from six points down with a scorching 12-2 scoring blitz to steal the frame.
Down, 13-19, Thompson powered Motolite in a 9-0 rally to take the helm, 22-19. BaliPure got a respite after Motolite committed an error.
Thompson answered with a hit before Montenegrin Danijela Dzakovic scored on a crosscourt hit. Motolite took the next two points for a 2-0 match lead.
Motolite controlled the third set early to build a comfortable cushion.
The Water Defenders absorbed their fourth loss in as many outings. BaliPure will close the first round on Wednesday against defending champion Creamline.
Dzakovic posted 18 points built on 15 spikes, two aces and a kill block with 12 digs while Slovenian import Alexandra Vajdova had 11 markers with nine excellent receptions in a lost cause for the Water Defenders.
This story originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.