PVL: Gorayeb praises smart imports after great debut

Mark Escarlote on May 06, 2018 07:57 PM
PVL: Gorayeb praises smart imports after great debut
Hindi lang sila ‘yung napaka kung pumalo ng bola lumalagabog, pero makikita mo naman very smart maglaro eh, very smart -- PayMaya head coach Roger Gorayeb on his imports

PayMaya head coach Roger Gorayeb was all praises for his squad especially with his American imports after a good opening day win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Sunday.

Despite a short time of preparation with American guest players Tess Rountree and Shelby Sullivan arriving just five days before the opener, the multi-titled mentor commended his wards for a job well done after sweeping new team Tacloban, 25-8, 33-31, 25-20. 

“Actually, last Tuesday lang kami nag-start mag-ensayo kasi ‘yung mga import dumating ng Monday,” said Gorayeb, who last year brought BaliPure to its breakthrough title in the Open Conference.

But the American duo had an explosive debut performance.

Rountree finished with 22 points highlighted by 20 attacks while adding 11 digs while Sullivan had 15 markers.

“Ok naman. Hindi lang sila ‘yung napaka kung pumalo ng bola lumalagabog, pero makikita mo naman very smart maglaro eh, very smart,” Gorayeb said of his reinforcements.

“Lalo na si Shelby hindi naman siya ganoon kalakas pumalo ng quick eh pero marunong maglagay ng bola,” the mentor continued. “Si Tess naman ibabaw na ibabaw kung pumalo nasa taas ang kamay niya. Sinasabi ko nga we don’t need powerful attacks we just have to be smarter than the opponent.”

Far Eastern University stars Celine Domingo, Angel Cayuna, Czarina Carandang and Jerrili Malabanan only joined the team last Friday. 

“Kaya sabi ko sige, Tuesday mag-start na tayo, pinagpahinga ko muna tapos hindi pa rin kami kumpleto noon kasi ‘yung FEU girls nag-aano pa, naglalaro pa tapos noong matapos ang laro ng UAAP ng Wednesday, hindi pa nakapagpractice pa rin ‘yung FEU ng Thursday, Friday na,” said Gorayeb. “Kaya naging team kami Friday and Saturday at saka ngayon. Kaya medyo nagkakapa-kapaan pa ng kaunti.”

Domingo and Malabanan combined for 11 markers for PayMaya’s local support.  

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