PVL: We have to avoid these kind of scenarios -- Almadro on five-setters
Mark Escarlote on Oct 17, 2018 08:17 PM
Ateneo-Motolite head coach Oliver Almadro praised his wards for showing mental toughness in five setters but if given a choice he'd rather have his wards seal victories as fast as possible.
Impressive as they were in their matches that went into deciders, Ateneo-Motolite head coach Oliver Almadro as much as possible wants the Lady Eagles to avoid going into five-setters.
Playing true to their corporate sponsor’s slogan, Ateneo-Motolite is slowing building a reputation as a ‘pangmatagalan’ team after escaping three matches that went the full distance in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.
The Katipunan-based squad captured its third straight win after coming back from a 1-2 match deficit to down Tacloban, 25-18, 19-25, 11-25, 25-17, 15-11, Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
It was Ateneo-Motolite’s second straight five-setter victory after outlasting Adamson-Akari last Sunday.
But if given a choice, Almadro would rather see his squad finish the game as quickly as possible.
“Ganoon pa rin even though we won the first set, we really think we started it slow na naman and ganoon ang nangyayari hanggang dulo,” said Almadro, whose squad moved up to 5-1 win-loss record.
“Nakukuha naman namin hanggang dulo but we have to avoid these kinds of scenarios, siguro it’s a learning day pa rin for us,” added Almadro, whose team also won in five sets over PetroGazz.
Veteran Maddie Madayag, who scored 12 points, agrees with his mentor.
“I agree with Coach O, na we really have to avoid five-setters kasi that’s really, really hard coming back from a really slow start talaga tapos lamang pa sila sa (2-1) sets,” said Madayag, who scored five of the Lady Eagles’ 15 kill blocks.
Ateneo-Motolite needed to weather the Fighting Warays’ furious rally in the fifth frame after Tacloban chopped down the Lady Eagles’ 9-5 lead to one, 9-8. Madayag was the one who doused cold water on the Fighting Warays’ rally with a down the line kill that sparked Ateneo-Motolite’s 4-1 counterstrike to create a 13-9 gap.
The Fighting Warays again closed the gap, 13-11, with back-to-back hits from Heather Guino-o and Jovielyn Prado before Kat Tolentino back-to-back kill blocks to seal the win.
“I guess what we really have to work on is we really to build our confidence, we have to be aggressive,” said Madayag. “We have to be intense inside the court, we have to be consistent kasi ang dami namin errors na nabibigay imbis lamang na kami naaabutan pa kami kasi we give lousy mistakes.”
Ateneo-Motolite will close the first round elimination on Sunday against Creamline.
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