Power Smashers ready to contend for the crown

Mark Escarlote on Jun 30, 2017 09:32 PM
Power Smashers ready to contend for the crown
The Power Smashers are prepared to contend for the throne.

A more mature and cohesive Power Smashers crew will try to soar to greater heights in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.

The Nes Pamilar-mentored squad will parade an intact core with a couple of key additions as the Power Smashers seek to surpass their fourth place finish in the Reinforced Conference a few weeks back.  

“’Yung mental preparation lang ang inayos ko, na dapat hanggang sa huli ay lumalaban pa rin,” said Pamilar.

Behind local hitters Jovielyn Prado and Reinforced Conference Best Opposite Spiker winner Dimdim Pacres, the Power Smashers were able to advance in the semifinals of the import-flavored tournament.

But the squad came up short in the Final Four after losing to eventual champion Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors in the deciding match of the best-of-three series.    

“Ang nangyari kasi noong nakaraang conference, noong nakarating na sa Final Four parang nag-relax,” said Pamilar. “Sinabi ko sa kanila na hindi pwedeng mangyari ang ganoon and dapat maging mas mature tayo.”

Pamilar believes that this time his squad is ripe enough to contend for the title.

“Maganda na ang ipinakita namin last conference so naniniwala ako na mas magiging maganda ang tsansa namin ngayon,” he said. “Unang-una ang team ko halos puro mga young players. Yung mga players ko hindi ganoon kakilala gaya ng sa ibang teams pero sinabi ko sa kanila na dito ninyo ipakilala kung sino kayo.”

Aside from Prado and Pacres, returning for another tour of duty are Regine Arocha, Vira Guillema, Alina Bicar, Eunice Galang, Andrea Marzan, Joyce Sta. Rita, Marie Simborio, Katherine Villegas, Angela Kim and Charlene Gillego. Key additions are former Far Eastern University middle Wenneth Eulalio and Denden Tan.

The Power Smashers will take on Reinforced Conference runner up BaliPure in their opening game on Sunday.



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