We’ll slow down the pace in Game 3 -- BaliPure coach Soriano

Mark Escarlote on Jul 03, 2016 08:21 PM
We’ll slow down the pace in Game 3 -- BaliPure coach Soriano
We’ll make sure that it’s our pace we’re following and not theirs -- BaliPure playing coach Charo Soriano

We’ll slow down the pace in Game 3.

BaliPure playing coach Charo Soriano thinks that if they want to book the last ticket to the 13h V-League Open Conference Finals, the Purest Water Defenders need to be the one dictating the pace not Pocari Sweat.  

“We’ll make sure that it’s our pace we’re following and not theirs,” said Soriano.

The Water Defenders failed to finish off the Lady Warriors last Saturday in Game 2 of their best-of-three semifinals showdown as Pocari Sweat escaped with a draining 25-23, 13-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-8 win that leveled the series.

Game 3 is on Monday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Opening serve is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live over ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.

“It’s a best-of-three series. The playoff is still not over yet and we have Monday to prove talaga who’s the better team,” Soriano said. “That’s gonna be an exciting game.”

The Water Defenders took the semis series opener, 25-20, 25-19, 26-24, last Wednesday but failed to capitalize on their momentum.

Pocari Sweat also won in five sets in their elims meeting at the same venue.

“We need to work a lot on our service receive clearly that was lacking in out last game that’s why our setters couldn’t also do combination plays because we couldn’t bring the ball to Jem (Ferrer),” added Soriano, whose squad’s last service reception boo-boo on a Myla Pabo serve cost them the game.  

“We’ll go back to basics, that’s how we lost naman. It’s really the fundamentals, still service receive and counter attacks and our blockings. We need to work hard on our blockings especially now that we're fielding in (Janine) Marciano even more,” said the former Ateneo de Manila player who is on her second coaching stint in the league after steering the Lady Eagles to the V-League Season 8 first conference crown.

“We’re jumping so high over the net but we’re not pressing our hands in. So we need to make sure that when we jump high we press our hands in,” she explained. “A lot of the balls that they scored were actually checked out. We were getting touches but weren’t controlling the ball too much.”

Alyssa Valdez scored 24 points in each of the first two games but got a harder time on offense in Game 2 as Pocari Sweat clogged the net. 

It is the second do-or-die match for Valdez since she led Ateneo to the UAAP Finals against De La Salle.

The Lady Spikers won the series decider in Valdez’s swan song and the former Queen Eagle doesn’t want another repeat on Monday.

“I’m gonna give my best,” she said. “I’m gonna try to contribute as much as I can and we’ll see kung ano ang mangyayari.”

“Hindi naman natin hawak ang anumang mangyayari. Tingnan na lang natin sa Monday,” Valdez added.

The survivor of the series will set up a best-of-three Finals series against the Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers starting July 13.Air Force defeated both squad in the eliminations.





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