Wala ng atrasan -- Water Defenders coach Gorayeb on title decider
Mark Escarlote on Jun 14, 2017 06:42 PM
Itong chance na ito na ibinigay sa amin, napakalaki ng chance namin (na mag-champion) -- BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb
BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb wants his wards to go all out in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference best-of-three Finals decider against Pocari Sweat on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Opening serve is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
The Water Defenders survived a thrilling 25-15, 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 15-13 duel in Game 2 last Tuesday to force a decider.
Gorayeb and his wards won’t let this opportunity to bag the crown pass.
“Itong chance na ito na ibinigay sa amin, napakalaki ng chance namin (na mag-champion),” said Gorayeb, who squad dropped a four-set match in the series opener.
BaliPure took control of Game 2 early but had difficulty in closing down the match in Set 3 and 4 before hanging tough in the fifth to keep its title hopes alive.
Gorayeb expects to see the same intensity and fire from his imports Thai Jeng Bualee and American Jennifer Keddy, who had 20 points each the last time out, as well as from his locals Grethcel Soltones, Risa Sato, Jerrili Malabanan and setter Jasmine Nabor.
“Siyempre ano na 'yan, it's do-or-die thing, wala ng atrasan 'yun,” said Gorayeb. “If we can play again this way, eh ‘di pabor sa amin ang mangyayari.”
But the tactician is wary that they will battle in a winner-take-all match a team that has the advantage of championship experience after Pocari Sweat won two titles in the V-League last year.
They have to be ready for anything the Lady Warriors will throw at them.
“We do not know, baka mag-iba sila ng strategy nila or what,” he said. “Siyempre, pag-hahandaan ko 'yan.”
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