After utilizing Jaja Santiago as an outside hitter in their last game against Generika, Foton coach Vilet Ponce-De Leon tinkered with her rotation anew to use more combinations from her players.
Facing lowly Amy’s Kitchen Tuesday, the veteran mentor had all the space she needed to experiment and that’s exactly what she did, sending all players on her roster in the easy win.
“We have to see all possibilities, mga combinations,” said Ponce-de Leon. “Pinakita lang nung mga bata on how well they could adapt dun sa mga change na ibibigay namin sakanila when it comes dun sa positions na hindi lang dun sa position nila.”
“Nireready talaga namin yung mindset nila about it. Kasi kung masyadong diretso or iisa lang yung iniisip nila on how they could perform, masyadong marerestrict yung capabilities nung team. So lahat sila ready kung ano pwede naming ipagawa sakanila and matanggap nila ng buong-buo para makapag perform sila ng maayos,” she added.
Aside from winning as much games as they can, the Tornadoes coach wants all her players to be able to adjust in case they would need it this conference.
“Ang importante dun is on how well they will accept yung challenge e. Kung papano sila mag-aadapt dun sa challenge and dun sa given na short period of time na yun,” she said. “How fast they can adapt, how well they can adapt, yun yung tinitingnan namin sakanila. Okay naman so far.”
Ponce-De Leon sees the PSL All-Filipino tournament as an opportunity for them to prepare in the Asian Volleyball Club Championships which they will join in September.
“We all know naman na hindi lang ito yung pinaghahandaan namin e. Majority of the players will be playing for the Asian (Volleyball Club Championships),” she stressed. “Dapat at this point, naglelevel-up na yung laro namin.” — By Joyce Palad