In Alyssa we trust –- BoC on Game 2
Mark Escarlote on Nov 14, 2016 07:16 AM
Hangga’t may Alyssa ka makaka-recover ka’t makaka-recover -- BoC coach Sherwin Meneses on his faith on star player Alyssa Valdez
Bureau of Customs will live and die with its superstar Alyssa Valdez.
Down 0-1 in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference Finals, the Transformers are fighting for dear life on Monday against the streaking Pocari Sweat in Game 2 of the best-of-three series at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
BoC head coach Sherwin Meneses is putting his trust and faith on their prized open spiker when they meet once again the Lady Warriors in the scheduled 6:00 p.m. game. Action will air live over S+A channel 23 and S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.
“Sabi ko nga hangga’t may Alyssa ka makaka-recover ka’t makaka-recover,” said Meneses.
The mentor hopes that Valdez, a veteran of many battles including five straight UAAP championship stints where she won two titles with Ateneo de Manila, will rally the Transformers to extend the series until Wednesday.
BoC suffered a 22-25, 18-25, 18-25, whipping in the series opener last Saturday.
But the Transformers are no stranger to this kind of situation.
The squad also fell to a 0-1 hole in the semifinals against BaliPure, losing in straight sets in the opener before regrouping just in time to make an incredible comeback to advance in the Finals.
“Sinabi ko lang sa kanila na ‘Ibigay nyo lang ang best ninyo. Walang imposible,’” he added.
To rebound from their setback, the Transformers will need a complete team effort against an opponent which racked nine straight points and has not tasted defeat for more than a month. The Lady Warriors destroyed BoC last game with their defense.
Pocari Sweat had 15 kill blocks in Game 1.
“Hanggang nandyan din naman ang mga teammates ko sila rin ang tutulong sa team para maging lucky kami coming into the second game,” said Valdez, who toiled against the defense of Pocari Sweat in Game 1 to come up with 12 points.
Valdez, who is a strong contender for the Conference Most Valuable Player award which will be given before the start of the match, will need to squeeze more help from Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong, who was silenced to only eight points, Rose Marie Vargas and veterans Pau Soriano and Lilet Mabbayad.
"We just have to find the click and the fire para mabigyan namin sila ng magandang laban," she added.
They must also control their errors after giving away 26 points off the Transformers’ miscues in Game 1.
But the toughest challenge for BoC is stopping the weapons of Pocari Sweat led by American hitter Bre Mackie, Michele Gumabao and Myla Pablo as well as penetrating the defense of middles American Andrea Kacsits and Desiree Dadang.
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