Two days removed from an epic from-the-grave comeback against perhaps their biggest competition in the tournament, Pocari Sweat surrendered its immaculate record in the 13th Shakey’s V-league Open Conference and coach Rommel Abella blames his squad’s lack of intensity for the loss.
“Intensity ng mga players wala e. Very lackluster yung performance namin ngayon. ‘Yung galaw naming very weak walang gigil,” he said.
Instead of sweeping the tournament’s elimination round, the Lady Warriors drop to second spot and will now face a daunting task in their best-of-three series against Bali Pure starting Wednesday.
Pocari could have cemented their hold of the top place if they took the game to a fifth set.
“Sinabi ko sa kanila yung 7-0 record wala talaga syang basehan. Hindi sya ganun ka-importante. Wala namang twice-to-beat (advantage) yung magiging #1 or #2,” Abella added. “Sinabi ko sa mga players namin kanina na it’s not about the record. Ang gusto namin manalo, para going to the semis meron kaming momentum but I guess nawalan sila ng focus.”
Fatigue took its toll in the Warriors who were coming off a 5-set win last Saturday and will have to make do with one day of rest tomorrow.
Abella, however, said that fatigue should not be a factor anymore at this point in the competition where stakes are higher.
“Nagte-training kami araw-araw e. Flat lang talaga yung naging start naming. Hindi namin na-overcome yun. Kailangan natin puso na lang talaga e, yung pagod hindi na dapat naiisip.” — By John Chester Fajardo