With their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference campaign on the line, Pocari Sweat assistant coach Rommel Abella hopes they can get something positive going before Game 2.
After surviving a gruelling 5-setter last Saturday to retain their immaculate record, the Lady Warriors have now absorbed back-to-back losses at the hands of heavyweight foes in Air Force and a vengeful Bali Pure within the span of 3 days.
“It’s no joke na naging ganun yung outcome sa mga katawan ng mga bata, yung pagod,” said Abella. “Lagi kaming naiiwanan sa simula, tapos hahabulin namin sa 15, 16 tapos bumibitaw kami so I guess yun nga, fatigue is a factor.”
Nonetheless, the Pocari mentor, who’s handled the team in the absence of Tai Bundit, doesn’t want to make an excuse for their current setbacks.
“Sa ganitong stage ng tournament, dapat marunong tayo mag-overcome ng ganitong klase ng factor,” he said.
Now on the ropes in their best-of-3 affair, the Lady Warriors have no choice but to arm themselves for the win-or-go home situation despite injury and fatigue factors coming in.
“Di pa rin kami pwede magpahinga, kasi first galing kami sa talo, kailangan naming bumawi, and second, pag pinagpahinga namin ng isang araw, baka bumigat naman,” said Abella, adding they might do light drills first for precautionary measures.
The coach, though, is upbeat they can bounce back when they meet Bali Pure in Game 2 on Saturday.
“We did it once, we believe na we can do it again.” — By Jason Mercene