PVL: Losses to Fighting Warays hurt Lady Warriors the most
Mark Escarlote on Nov 22, 2018 03:24 PM
Kung nanalo kami doon ng dalawang beses eh di hindi kami nagkakaganito ngayon -- Pocari Sweat-Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez on losses to Tacloban
If there’s one thing Pocari Sweat-Air Force regrets the most in its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference, it will be the Lady Warriors’ two setbacks at the hands of Tacloban.
For the first time in four conferences, Pocari Sweat bombed out of the Final Four after a disappointing 7-7 win-loss finish.
Out of the seven defeats suffered by the Lady Warriors, what stings the most according to head coach Jasper Jimenez were their losses to the Fighting Warays – all in five sets.
“Eh di (yung sa) Tacloban,” said Jimenez when asked about what started their downfall.
The Lady Warriors bowed down to Tacloban, 25-18, 20-25, 22-25, 25-20, 9-15, in their first meeting last Oct. 20.
Coming off a big win over BanKo also in five sets to end the first round, Pocari Sweat was in high spirits, itching to exact revenge on the Fighting Warays to start the second round and turn their campaign around.
But Tacloban prevailed once again, 25-20, 13-25, 26-24, 16-25, 13-15. And to add insult to injury, Lady Warrior Jeanette Panaga busted her lips after getting a facial from Fighting Warays hitter Dimdim Pacre’s down the line hit that left the Pocari Sweat middle spitting blood in the fourth set.
From there the Lady Warriors’ campaign turned sour.
“Kung nanalo kami doon ng dalawang beses eh di hindi kami nagkakaganito ngayon,” said Jimenez. “’Di kami nakabalik sa kanila, hindi kami nakaganti. Siguro kung naka-ano (panalo) kami roon maski isa siguro hindi kami ganito ngayon.”
Pocari Sweat never got a chance to recover, closing the second round with a 3-4 mark. PetroGazz took the last semis spot to join Creamline, Ateneo-Motolite and BanKo after claiming its eighth win last Sunday.
“Kung nakalusot kami ng dalawa sa kanila, Top 4 kami,” said Jimenez.
The mentor also pointed out that their consecutive game schedule was also a factor. It didn’t help that Air Force also participated in the AFP Olympics while the conference is ongoing.
“Pero siguro dahilan na lang yun kasi di kami nakapasok ngayon pero sa susunod pagbubutihan na lang namin,” said Jimenez.
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