We have to guard ourselves from complacency -- Abella

Mark Escarlote on Nov 11, 2016 08:48 AM
We have to guard ourselves from complacency -- Abella
Hindi na pwedeng maging complacent ngayon eh. Especially ngayong Finals na -- Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella

Pocari Sweat head coach Rommel Abella saw via livestream Wednesday night how Bureau of Customs pulled off a huge upset over the BaliPure Purest Water Defenders.

The Lady Warriors are not going to make the same mistake the Water Defenders did.

Abella warned his wards of complacency against the Transformers that they beat black and blue in their first meeting when the best-of-three 13th V-League Reinforced Conference Finals series opens on Saturday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

“Sabi ko nga sa mga players ko na we have to guard ourselves from that,” Abella told ABS-CBN Sports on Thursday.

The reigning Open Conference champion will enter the series riding the crest of their eight-game winning streak including a clean sweep of the best-of-three semifinals series against University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses. The Lady Warriors are also coming off a long rest after sealing the Finals spot Monday.  

Pocari Sweat has not tasted defeat since losing its debut game in five-sets against Philippine Air Force more than a month ago.

The Lady Warriors destroyed BoC, 25-22, 25-22, 25-14, last October 22 in the elimination round.

But Abella said that all of their successes in that incredible run are all in the past now. Come Finals each team is on equal footing. 

“Hindi na pwedeng maging complacent ngayon eh. Especially ngayong Finals na,” the mentor said. “Lalo na ngayon na ang Customs sa semis coming from behind sila against BaliPure. Mataas ang confidence level nyan”

The Transformers were swept by the Water Defenders led by American imports Kate Morrell and Kaylee Manns in the elimination round and in the Final Four series opener. BaliPure was in control of the series, or so they thought. 

With superstar Alyssa Valdez, Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong and former Pocari Sweat player Rose Marie Vargas leading the way, BoC evened the series in with a four-set win in Game 2.

The trio again performed incredibly in the series decider to shock BaliPure, 25-21, 25-16, 24-26, 8-25, 15-8, as the newcomer Transformers clinched the last Finals ticket and relegated the Water Defenders to the bronze medal battle against UST.   

Pocari Sweat, which will bank on Americans Bre Mackie, Andrea Kacsist and local Michele Gumabao, Myla Pablo, Elaine Kasilag, Fil-Am setter Iris Tonelada and libero Melissa Gohing, knows that BoC is no easy customer. 

“So complacency, I guess kailangan naming bantayan ‘yun,” said Abella.

 

 

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