It’s back to basics for Pocari Sweat after losing their semis opener in disheartening fashion against Bali Pure.
Four days after their epic comeback, the Lady Warriors are now staring at a 2-game losing skid despite an almost unbeaten run in the eliminations.
Elaine Kasilag said their team lost confidence when the Purest Water Defenders took the first two sets in Game 1 of the best-of-3 series.
They overcame a similar situation last Saturday, but this time, Pocari Sweat could not muster another fight and faltered in the third set.
“First set, second set although hindi naman siya tambak katulad noong last, parang ‘yung iba lang nawalan na ng kompyansa sa sarili. Ang nangyari ngayon wala na kami masyado sa focus and hindi na kami masyado nakikinig doon sa mga sinasabi nila na dapat naming gawin,” Kasilag told FOX Sports after the game.
“Parang nawalan din ng receive, service. Madaming service errors kaya bukas sa training namin. Practice ulit naming ang basic: receive, service, blockings. Kasi ayun talaga yung kulang na kulang sa amin,” she added.
Kasilag, who scored 11 points in their loss, also mentioned the team’s nagging issue on fatigue as the team has not had a day off since the tournament has a tight schedule entering the semis.
“After ng game ng Bali Pure, mabigat, kinabukasan training kami, the other day games, so parang tuluy-tuloy kami na wala pa talagang pahinga,” she explained. “Kahapon nagtraining din kami after ng game sa Air Force.”
However, the open spiker remained optimistic that, despite the Water Defenders’ showcase of power, her team will could get out of their slump to force a Game 3.
“Malungkot kami na natalo kami. Pero nandyan pa din sila coach na pinupush kami na may another game pa pwede pa kaming bumawi,” she said. “Kaya yung pagkatalo naming ngayon iiwan naming ditto paglabas naming panibago ulit bukas sa training.”
“Back to zero, back to basic. Then pagbalik naming ng Saturday babawi kami.” — By John Chester Fajardo