Aiza Maizo says Petron needs to work on setter-spiker connection

As Petron slid to its second straight loss in the PSL All-Filipino Conference, Aiza Maizo disappointment as how she has been playing for the Tri-Activ Spikers. 

The former UST superstar had a team-high 11 points in Petron’s 25-15, 19-25, 25-19, 25-9 defeat to F2 Logistics Tuesday at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum.

With the Tri-Activ Spikers being unable to click against the Cargo Movers, Maizo was taken out and didn’t play in the fourth set.

“Sobrang pangit pa rin kahit pa ganun yung score na binibigay ko hindi pa rin ako kuntento sa pinapakita ko. Sobrang off lang talaga siguro walang communication sa loob ng court,” Maizo said in a post-game interview.

“Sobrang baba ng nilalaro ko today simula pa noong game against RC pero noong nakaraang games namin feeling ko sobrang baba ng nilalaro ko. Hindi ko nga alam kung ako ba may problema,” she added.

To make matters worse, Petron’s setters struggled to read F2’s tenacious defense and make plays for the Tri-Activ Spikers.

This was not lost on Maizo, who noted the lack of connection between their attackers and their setters.

“Sa game namin parang setter-spiker parang minsan hindi nagkakatagpo, hindi nagiging maganda yung resulta sa team namin,” she said. “Sa training okay naman. Hindi ko alam bakit ganun nangyayari sa game hindi nagkakatagpo.”

And while Maizo is sad about the back-to-back defeats, she said it’s better that it happened now instead of in the playoffs.

“Siguro okay na yung mga lumabas na lahat ng pangit na laro namin ngayon kasi sa mga susunod yung importanteng game namin,” she explained. “Training pa, training lang ng training hanggang sa makuha namin.”

Idle at third place with a 4-2 win-loss record, Petron can get out of their slump against Standard Insurance on Saturday. — By John Chester Fajardo

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