Service reception haunts Pocari Sweat anew
Mark Escarlote on Jun 27, 2016 09:59 PM
'Yung service receive namin everyday namin ‘yan pina-practice pero dun pa kami napupuntusan --- Pocari Sweat assistant coach Rommel Abella.
Pocari Sweat’s service reception woes again haunted the Lady Warriors.
Philippine Air Force took advantage of the league’s second worst team in terms of reception efficiency as the Lady Warriors tasted its first defeat Monday night in the 13th V-League Open Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The Jet Spikers scattered 15 service aces to cripple Pocari Sweat and escape with a 20-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15, win to end the elimination round and advance in the best-of-three semifinals as the top seed.
Not only did Air Force halted the Lady Warriors’ six-game winning streak but the win also hurled Pocari Sweat in a difficult Final Four battle with the league’s second best team scoring from the service line in BaliPure when the series starts on Wednesday.
“We’ll work on it tomorrow,” said Pocari Sweat assistant coach Rommel Abella, whose wards survived five-set match Saturday against the Water Defenders despite giving away 13 points on service aces.
The Lady Warriors’ reception efficiency dropped to 18.88% slightly better than the winless also-ran Baguio Summer Spikers’ 13.28%
BaliPure is hitting an average of 2.31 aces per set.
“Kasi yung service receive namin everyday namin ‘yan pina-practice pero dun pa kami napupuntusan,” Abella added. “So I guess we’ll make some adjustments and hopefully mag-work siya on Wednesday.”
Abella also pointed out that they lacked the energy to sustain their momentum, letting the Jet Spikers turn the tide around in the second set and they never recovered.
“‘Yung intensity ng mga players wala e. Very lackluster ‘yung performance namin ngayon,” he said. “’Yung galaw namin very weak kumbaga sa layman’s term walang gigil. I guess nawalan sila ng focus.”
He brushed off the excuse that his team’s tired after a grueling, 21-25, 6-25, 26-24, 27-25, 19-17, marathon win over BaliPure.
“Not really kasi nagti-training kami araw-araw e,” said Abella. “’Yung pagod hindi na nga siya dapat factor sa ganitong stage na ng tournament.” “So I guess it’s not about yung pagod, it’s just that we came out flat, hindi naming na-overcome ‘yun,” he added.
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