Spikers to bank on veteran core

Mark Escarlote on Jun 30, 2017 09:36 PM
Spikers to bank on veteran core
We are disappointed for how we play last conference. So I think we’ll try to make bawi talaga -- Banko-Perlas middle Amy Ahomiro

After a disappointing campaign despite parading a veteran core last tournament, Banko-Perlas is looking to write a different story in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.

Veteran Amy Ahomiro admitted that their lack of team chemistry in the Reinforced Conference was the culprit in their early exit.    

“We are disappointed for how we played last conference. So I think we’ll try to make bawi talaga,” said Ahomiro. “We’re still kulang sa chemistry.”

“I think we are really talented as individuals and that comes out in our games pero you can’t win a game or win a championship with one or two players lang,” added Ahomiro. “I think it’s important for us to come together and use our strengths.”

Back to see action for Banko-Perlas are Sasa Devanadera, Suzanne Roces, Kara Acevedo, Ella De Jesus, Amanda Villanueva, Kathy Bersola, Mae Tajima, Jem Ferrer and Nicole Tiamzon.

Skipping this conference is former team captain Dzi Gervacio, who is in studying in the US.

The team will also have a new coach in Thai mentor Nai Muhammed. He replaced Jerry Yee, who returned to his collegiate team University of the Philippines, which is also participating in the tournament.

With skilled veterans to banner the squad, the Spikers, who finished fifth in the six-team Reinforced Conference, are expected to give other teams a run for their money.

“Siyempre looking forward na umangat at bumawi kasi nga ‘di namin na-meet ang expectations namin last conference and marami kaming sayang na games,” said Bersola. “We need to be more consistent.”

Ahomiro vowed that a different Banko-Perlas will rise to compete for the crown.

“We have veterans in our team, we have fresh graduates in our team. I think we have a lot to improve and I think you’ll see that this season naman,” she said.

The Spikers will open their campaign on Saturday against Philippine Air Force.




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