Negrito motivates her spikers to always slam the ball harder
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 30, 2018 01:53 PM
An eleventh-hour players’ pull out for a while there sent the Tacloban Fighting Warays in disarray, forcing coach Nes Pamilar (center, back row) to scramble for two substitutes on the eve of the opening last Saturday of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. But all’s well that ends well. After dropping their first match in straight sets against the PetroGazz Angels, the Warays regained their rhythm via a four-set win over the Iriga-Navy Lady Oragons.
If Fighting Waray Kyle Negrito will have her way, she wants her attackers to pound every good set she sends their way to smithereens.
“Gusto ko sa mga spikers ko na umatake nang ubod lakas, walang pigil-pigil,” said Negrito, one of the more aggressive setters hereabouts, after Tacloban claimed its first victory in two outings over Iriga-Navy Wednesday in Malolos, Bulacan.
She disclosed that she conditions her open, middle and utility spikers to always attack with all the force they are capable of by telling them during training and actual competition that they are covered when they do so.
More often than not, it is Heather Guino-o and Jovy Prado who benefit the most from Negrito’s on-point setting and challenge that the spikers hit the ball very hard.
Needing to bounce back from their straight-set defeat to PetroGazz in their opening match, the Fighting Warays, four of them newcomers on the team, pummeled the Lady Oragons with 40 kills against the latter’s 33 behind Negrito’s superb playmaking skills.
Prado accounted for 11 and Guino-o for 10 of Tacloban’s total attacks on their way to a 13-point binge apiece.
Negrito, already a human resource development management graduate, will be playing her final year with the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws come the next UAAP volleyball season in February.
Since playing for her school when she was in Grade IV, Negrito has been into competitive volleyball for at least 10 years now playing before a crowd that invariably includes her father, grandmother and three siblings.
“Sa haba ng experience ko, di na ako ninenerbiyos kapag naglalaro,” she added.
The other members of the Tacloban Fighting Warays are Judith Abil, Mary Anne Esguerra, Kimberly Joy Luzon, Andrea Marzan, Seth Rodriguez, Menchie Tubiera, Vira Mae Guillema, Shola Alvarez, Eunice Jane Galang, Zharmaine Velez and Jonalyn Ibisa.