Bali Pure playing coach Charo Soriano believes their tested chemistry will do wonders to salvage a podium finish in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference.
Despite missing the Last Dance after their semifinal loss 2 weeks ago, the Purest Water Defenders still set their eyes on clinching the bronze medal as they showed resiliency in turning back a gritty Power Smashers in 5 sets in Game 1.
“It doesn’t take a lot to motivate them, you just need to keep reminding them to focus on the goal and the task ahead,” said Soriano to FOX Sports. “They’re mature and veteran players naman, and we’ve known each other for a while.”
Even without star spiker Alyssa Valdez, who is recently backstopping Ateneo in the ASEAN University Games in Singapore, Bali Pure got the business done with Janine Marciano producing 25 big points in the win.
Valdez is doubtful if she can play in the Game 2, which is still a crucial game for the Water Defenders.
Bali Pure will still need to secure the win since Laoag can still technically bag the consolation prize if they will win the next match in 3 or 4 sets and the championship series is already decided.
“We understand that Laoag is a very strong team with a veteran coach,” said Soriano.
The playing coach stressed consistency will be the main key on countering the fightback of the Power Smashers.
“We just really need to be focused and consistent because we are doing a lot of consecutive errors and we wanna make sure to stop that right away.” — By Jason Mercene