Locals key for Power Smashers in PVL campaign

Mark Escarlote on Apr 29, 2017 08:04 AM
Locals key for Power Smashers in PVL campaign
The Power Smashers' local players must step up to achieve the squad's ultimate goal.

If the Power Smashers want to accomplish their goal in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference, the locals must step up to support the squad's pair of Thai imports .

Head coach Nes Pamilar tapped the services of reliable reinforcements Amporn Hyapcha and Kannika Thipachot but pointed out it will take the full cooperation of the whole team to win games.

“Sinabi ko sa kanila na kailangan tulong-tulong tayo dito. Kailangan ko ang contribution ninyo rin. Huwag tayong umasa dun sa dalawang import,” he said. “Sabihin na malaking bagay sila pero hindi pwedeng yung dalawa lang ang magtatrabaho.”

Both Thai players are battle-tested veterans as they led the then Pamilar-mentored Cagayan Valley Rising Suns to V-League titles in separate occasions.

Thipachot towed the Rising Suns to a historic 16-0 sweep of the 10th V-League Open Conference four year ago while Hyapcha powered Cagayan to conquering the Reinforced Conference the following year.

Both imports have impressive credentials and they will try to deliver another title for Pamilar, this time with the Power Smashers.

Helping them are a mix of young bloods and experienced players led by NCAA champions Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan, Eunice Galang and Regine Arocha of Arellano University and San Sebastian College’s Katherine Villegas, Vira Guillema and Joyce Sta. Rita.

Also coming in for Pamilar are his former Far Eastern University players Wenneth Eulalio, Charm Simborio and Charlene Gillego with University of Sto. Tomas’ Alina Bicar and Dimdim Pacres, ex-National University player Rizza Mandapat and Denden Tan.

“Kung sa local players makakasabay kami pagdating naman sa imports medyo yung credentials ng mga nakuha ko mas angat sa ibang kinuha nila,” said Pamilar.

“Mga best players ng Thailand ang nakuha ko, kailangan lang mag-contribute ng mga locals ko eh,” he added.   

The Power Smashers will open their campaign against multi-titled Pocari Sweat on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Game time is at 4:00 p.m.

The opening playdate will air live over S+A Channel 23, S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.

Games are every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.




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