Ang mentality namin, every game counts -- Gohing

Mark Escarlote on Jul 02, 2017 09:55 PM
Ang mentality namin, every game counts -- Gohing
Itís a one round robin format so ang mentality namin, every game counts -- Pocari Sweat libero Melissa Gohing

Pocari Sweat finally got off a two-conference hump of dropping its opening day outings.

With a short single-round robin elimination round, every game in the eight-team field Premier Volleyball League Open Conference is a must-win match.

The Reinforced Conference champions Lady Warriors again saw themselves in trouble early in their tournament-opener Sunday against University of the Philippines but Pocari Sweat fought back to escape with a 21-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21, win at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. 

The Lady Warriors in their last two tournaments started on the wrong foot. Pocari Sweat dropped their first outing in the V-League Reinforced Conference last year and fell 0-2 in the PVL’s import-laden contest this year. 

“’Yun nga ni-remind kami ni coach before the game na, ‘guys let’s start good. Let’s prove them wrong na lagi tayong first game talo. Let’s prove ourselves,’” said star libero Mel Gohing.

The former De La Salle University star displayed her vintage form with superb floor defense for the Lady Warriors, which joined other early winners Philippine Air Force and Creamline.

“We just had a slow start in the first set pero kailangan lang namin makuha ang rhythm din namin kasi nag-rest kami ng two weeks kahit papaano,” said Gohing, who contributed with 26 digs and 13 excellent receptions. “Nu’ng nakuha namin ang rhythm namin, nagdire-diretso na.”

The top four teams after the elimination round will advance in the best-of-three semifinals.

Gohing knows the importance of winning as many games as they can to clinch a semis berth.

“It’s a one round robin format sa ang mentality namin, every game counts. Na siyempre maa-out ka dalawang talo pa lang so kailangan namin if kaya naming i-sweep, if God’s will, go,” she said. “Gagawin namin lahat para manalo.”

“Sa first round kailangan talagang manalo bawat game eh para talagang makakuha rin ng OK na standing in the semis,” she added.

Pocari Sweat will take on Banko-Perlas Spikers on Wednesday.




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