Si Aiko ang isa sa awardee ko -- BaliPure coach Gorayeb on Urdas

Si Aiko ang isa sa awardee ko -- Gorayeb on Urdas
Para sa akin sobrang saya ko kasi may tiwala si coach (Roger Gorayeb) sa akin -- Aiko Urdas after a 15-point explosion in BaliPure's Game 1 sweep of Pocari Sweat

BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb had nothing but praises for opposite hitter Aiko Urdas.

Quiet and reserved inside the court, the National University standout was a silent operator Saturday as she led the Water Defenders to a 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, sweep of Pocari Sweat to take Game 1 of the their inaugural Premier Volleyball League Open Conference best-of-three Finals series at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Urdas fired 12 kills and scored three kill blocks for a 15-point explosion for the Water Defenders, who are a win away from finishing off Pocari Sweat and annexing their breakthrough crown.     

“Ako proud ako rito kasi wala namang ere ito sa katawan eh,” said Gorayeb of his ward. “Ke mapansin siya, ke hindi basta makatulong siya sa team.”

Urdas averaged 14.5 points in BaliPure’s last four games and gave the Water Defenders an extra firepower to support Grethcel Soltones, Risa Sato and Jerrili Malabanan.

“Para sa akin si Aiko ang isa sa awardee ko kahit hindi siya nakatanggap ng award, ang important ang mas malaking award (championship) sa kanya,” added Gorayeb.

Urdas said that she’s just doing her part to help the team achieve its goal and was thankful for the trust given to her by Gorayeb. 

“Para sa akin sobrang saya ko kasi may tiwala si coach sa akin,” she said.

The Water Defenders can close the series on Wednesday and exact revenge on then same opponent that denied them the Reinforced Conference crown two months ago.

“Para sa amin gusto naming bumawi (sa kanila) ngayong conference,” Urdas vowed.




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