More training, hard work as Bali Pure adjusts to life after Valdez

It’s a season of change for Charo Soriano. But the grizzled veteran is ready for whatever’s coming her way. 

From being the coach to now suiting up as a regular player, from leaning on the offensive prowess of Alyssa Valdez and Grethcel Soltones to having to provide the points herself, Soriano and her Bali Pure squad have had to adjust to a lot of things in so short a time.

“It’s a big difference for me,” said the former Ateneo star after the Purest Water Defenders absorbed a 4-set loss at the hands of collegiate team UST on Saturday night.

“But I think it’s adjustable,” she stressed. “I can adjust very well to that transition. We just need to work hard pa and more training.”

Getting together for training has been a problem for Bali Pure this year, especially when they finished third in the Open Conference a few months back.

Now, however, Soriano hopes they get more time to prepare for their matches even as they try to integrate new coach Tai Bundit and imports Kaylee Manns and Katharine Morrell into their system.

“I think everyone naman would have problems with jelling,” she said. “But it’s a positive attitude na we want to be better, that we want to improve, that we believe we can play better during the next games.”

The Water Defenders have a couple more days to prepare as they battle Valdez and powerhouse Customs on Wednesday.

After missing their first 2 games, the Transformers’ Thai reinforcements will make their debut against Bali Pure, with middle blockers Pau Soriano and Lilet Mabbayad bound to give Bundit problems.

Soriano knows what they have to do to be in fighting form against the expansion team.

“We still have to work hard in terms of really working together as one unit,” she stressed. “We are banking a lot in our training and more time together.” — By John Chester Fajardo