PVL: Bigyan natin ng benefit of the doubt -- Gorayeb on ‘batukan’ incident
Mark Escarlote on Jun 30, 2019 03:42 PM
Lagi kong sinasabi sa mga players, ‘We have to learn from our mistakes kaya lang bakit kailangan we learn it the hard way? Pwede naman nating matutunan yan ng madaling pamamaraan pero bakit kailangan may dagok? -- Roger Gorayeb
Multi-titled mentor Roger Gorayeb would rather not take sides regarding a hitting incident involving his San Sebastian College player Jewelle Bermillo and import Danijela Dzakovic.
Dzakovic, out of frustration in a crucial case of miscommunication in keeping the ball in play during the last sequence of the opening set of BaliPure’s straight sets loss to defending champion Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference on Saturday, hit teammate Bermillo on the head.
The libero lost one of her contact lens after taking a hard hit on the back of her head. Dzakovic immediately hugged Bermillo and apologized for her actions.
“Bigyan na lang natin sila ng benefit of the doubt. Ano ba ‘yung nangyari ba’t nagkaganun? Baka may pagkukulang din ‘yung isa pero siyempre sa mata ng lahat oras ng laro ‘yan hindi maganda,” said Gorayeb, who is currently coaching PLDT Home Fibr in the Philippine Superliga.
Gorayeb, who steered BaliPure to the inaugural PVL Open Conference title in 2017, said that he received a message from team manager Paolo Turno Saturday night apologizing for the incident.
“Naaawa ako based lang sa stories na narinig ko dahil sabi sa akin ni Sir Paolo nabatukan. Pero nag-sorry naman daw ‘yung import kaso hindi ko alam na sa pagbatok na nalaglag yung contact lens so medyo malakas talaga,” said Gorayeb, who also had a game that night.
“Siyempre napahiya yung bata sa harap ng maraming tao. Iiyak talaga yun,” added Gorayeb.
The mentor, who has been in the local volleyball scene for decades, was shocked with the incident that went viral and drew outrage among fans and local players.
“Sa tagal natin sa volleyball wala namang nangyayari pang ganyang yung mga player pa mismo,” he said.
Gorayeb felt that probably Dzakovic was just reacting out of frustration especially with BaliPure still winless heading into their final game of the conference but it didn’t have to go down that way. The Water Defenders eventually bowed down to the semis-bound Cool Smashers in straight sets for a 0-10 win-loss campaign.
“Siguro out of frustration, wala pang panalo ‘yung BaliPure, masyadong gigil na gigil kaya siguro nagkaganun. Mahirap naman magsalita kasi hindi ko naman nakita yung sitwasyon talaga kung sino ba may kasalanan, kung sino ba dapat kumuha ng bola,” he said.
“Pero sana hindi umabot sa ganun kasi televised yan. Either way tama man yung import hindi pa rin maganda tignan na may ganung nangyayari within the team,” Gorayeb added. “Di ba yun ngang against the opponent hindi na maganda e tapos within the team pa? Pero siyempre ganun talaga baka out of frustration talaga.”
The mentor stressed that it’s a learning experience for Bermillo, an incoming sophomore for the Lady Stags. Something that she could use come NCAA Season 95.
“Lagi kong sinasabi sa mga players, ‘We have to learn from our mistakes kaya lang bakit kailangan we learn it the hard way? Pwede naman nating matutunan yan ng madaling pamamaraan pero bakit kailangan may dagok?’” he said in a witty and very Gorayeb way.
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