Losing your top outside hitters to opposing teams isn’t easy, but Charo Soriano is taking the latest player movement over at Bali Pure in stride.
After seeing Alyssa Valdez, Grethcel Soltones, Janine Marciano and Alyssa Eroa pursue greener pastures, the former playing coach, who now takes on a regular spiker role, said everything is a challenge to the remaining Purest Water Defenders.
“This is almost a new lineup. We’ve lost a lot of our former starters,” she told FOX Sports. “That’s an adjustment, but that’s also a challenge to some of the other players who are playing now. There’s a lot of slots to be filled up. We’re taking it one game at a time.”
But while they have lost some of their biggest stars, Soriano said one key addition will help them stay competitive and in shape in the upcoming Reinforced Conference wars: coach Tai Bundit.
“Well right now, I think it’s good because we were able to talk about having a team way before the tournament started,” she said. “So we have a couple of weeks to train together even before the opening match. That’s good for us and at the same time, we’re also training under coach Tai.”
“So we’re becoming more systematic and with the imports coming in, it’s also very good because they’re also trying to mesh with how we train here in the Philippines,” she added.
Setter Kaylee Manns is back to orchestrate the plays while outside hitter Kate Morrell is expected to pile up the points for Bali Pure, who will be up against a field that features powerhouse Pocari Sweat and expansion team Customs.
Soriano shared that the imports were able to motivate the rest of the Purest Water Defenders to be more competitive.
“Everyone really likes how they play because they also give us better competition when it comes to training. Everyone’s just tries to be better in improving their game,” she ended. — By Joyce Palad