We realized na we really have to commit to this -- Soriano
Mark Escarlote on May 31, 2016 08:01 AM
Hindi naman kami nagpunta rito na nasa isip namin na laro lang -- Bali Pure coach Charo Soriano
Bali Pure felt the disadvantage of their lack of chemistry inside the court.
Yes, the majority of the players of the Purest Water Defenders came from Ateneo de Manila University and shared the court in countless battles in the UAAP and other tournaments.
But with limited time to prepare and difficulty of having a complete team in training because of conflict in schedule and even missing the services of top hitters Alyssa Valdez and Grethcel Soltones, Bali Pure became an open target for the Philippine Air Force.
The Purest Water defenders absorbed a 23-25, 25-14, 19-25, 16-25, beating at the hands of the Jet Spikers to open their campaign in the 13th V-League Open Conference.
“We realized na we really have to commit to this and we really have to find a common time for training, ‘yun ang talagang kailangan naming i-manage,” said playing coach Charo Soriano, who’s in her second coaching stint since steering Ateneo to winning the V-League Season 8 first conference.
Bali Pure did give a fight in the match especially in the second set where they built a commanding 20-10 lead but Air Force pounced on the Purest Water Defenders lack of cohesiveness to escape with the win.
Soriano admitted that it is something they need to address.
“Kasi kahit we know each other off the court kailangan ang jelling namin on the court mabalik namin. There’s a lot of time pa naman in the tournament, hopefully we get to improve our game,” said Soriano, who has former Lady Eagles Dzi Gervacio, Bea Tan, Ella De Jesus, Jem Ferrer, Amy Ahomiro, Denden Lazaro, May Tajima and Karla Bello in her team.
“Hindi pa po kami nakukumpleto actually sa training pero nakapag-train kami and nakapag-tune up with Air Force,” Soriano said.
It didn’t help that Soriano, the Queen Eagle of Ateneo before the emergence of Fille Cainglet and eventually Valdez, is just playing her first indoor game after almost a year focusing on beach volleyball.
She actually played in Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour National Championship just two days ago.
“Nakita n’yo hirap na hirap po ako, wala pang timing. Nakakatalon po ako pero ang timing medyo mahirap,” said the 30-year-old middle. “Marami-rami kaming nilaro over the weekend sa buhangin.”
Valdez and Soltones, meanwhile, might debut on Monday against National University.
“They're gonna come back I think this week, they might play on Monday pero ‘yun nga kung kababalik lang nila baka wala rin silang training,” she said. “Mahirap naman gaya kanina na isabak lang namin sila sa laro na hindi pa nagti-training. So we have to think about that, ‘yung condition nila.”
The loss according to Soriano could serve as a wakeup call for her and the team.
“Although ‘yun nga marami naman kaming realizations na hindi naman kami nagpunta rito na nasa isip namin na laro lang,” she said. “So we really have to start to commit already to indoor volleyball. Lahat po kami may commitments na tara laro tayo ng indoor.”
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