Michele Gumabao hasn’t tasted a loss in a month and Pocari Sweat’s defeat at the hands of Air Force — their first in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference — has fueled the Lady Warriors captain ahead of their gigantic rematch with Bali Pure on Wednesday.
“Sobrang sakit ng talo namin kaya mas gigil kaming bumawi. Malaki ang hugot namin para bumawi. Coming into Wednesday, mas focused and mas gigil kaming manalo. Siguro ito na yung push na kailangan namin para magpursgi pa kami,” she said.
“Mas intense ‘yung game naim sa Wednesday. Pakundisyon lang, push lang. Natalo namin sila noong Saturday, kaya namin sa Wednesday basta maglaro lang kami as a team, maglaro lang kami ng tama and wag lang kaming gagalaw ng ginalaw namin kanina.”
Gumabao said 2 weeks straight of training and the five-set thriller against Bali Pure last Saturday may have exhausted the team coming into their match against the Jet Spikers. However, she added that this should not be an excuse for the upset.
“Tuluy tuloy yung game, tuluy tuoy yung training wala pa kaming pahinga for two weeks (pero) there’s no excuse for our loss kung hindi kami talaga may kasalanan doon,” she insisted. “Hopefully di namin isipin pagod namin, di namin isipin errors namin. Iisipin lang naming manalo.”
Pocari Sweat may have to wait for a long rest with an enormous task of repeating against crowd-favorite Bali Pure looms ahead.
While they proved that they can overcome even a 2-0 set deficit, Gumabao is aware of the daunting task of going back-to-back, more-so after surrendering their perfect record.
“Di ka talaga pwedeng palaging nananalo nakakalimutan mo na may mas magaling sa’yo, na may mas kayang tumalo sa’yo. Nakakalimutang gumawa ng tama. Hopefully lahat kami natuto from this game and makabawi kami.” — By John Chester Fajardo