Soltones, Singh still adjusting to new crew
Siguro after a few games magdyi-jell na rin talaga kami as a team -- Jorelle Singh of Laoag
Power-hitters Grethcel Soltones and Jorelle Singh are still trying to adjust to the system of the Laoag Power Smashers.
The prized recruits of head coach Nes Pamilar showed their deadly form despite a short time of preparation when the Powers Smashers waylaid Philippine Coast Guard, 25-8, 25-15, 25-16, Saturday to open their 13th V-League Reinforced Conference campaign at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The duo split 26 of Laoag’s 39 total attack points with Singh scoring 17 while Soltones had 13.
“First time naming magkasama. Maganda naman pong kasama si Grethcel e, masaya,” said Singh, who helped National University win back-to-back Collegiate Conference titles. “OK naman kaming magkasama.”
The two enjoyed their debut as partners.
“Nagkukulitan lang kami sa loob ng court at nagi-enjoy kasi same age lang naman kami,” said the San Sebastian College star Soltones, who played for BaliPure in the Open Conference.
“Kung ano ang ginagawa namin sa game ‘yun din ang ginagawa namin sa training,” added Singh.
Aside from Singh and Soltones, Laoag also tapped SSC-R libero Alyssa Eroa and NU hitter Aiko Urdas, who skipped their debut match to play for the Lady Bulldogs in the 79th UAAP beach volleyball tournament.
Soltones, the Open Conference Most Valuable Player, admitted that she is still trying to jell with the team.
“Medyo konting adjustment lang po kasi ngayon ko lang nakasama ‘yung ibang teammates ko sa Laoag,” she said.
So does Singh who added, "Siguro after a few games magdyi-jell na rin talaga kami as a team."
While Singh said that she has already adjusted with the plays of veteran setter Chie Saet, Soltones is still having a hard time to adapt.
“’Yun ang problem namin noong previous training namin until now, ‘yung adjustment ko sa set niya kasi hindi pa kami masyado nagkakatugma,” Soltones said. “Feeling ko kasi iba ‘yung set ni Ate Chie e, parang hindi ko pa makuha at magamay.”
Laoag will need to work on their chemistry double time as the Power Smashers only has three days to prepare before they take on a litmus test against Bureau of Customs bannered by Alyssa Valdez and two Thai imports on Wednesday.
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