With Laoag needing rescue, Grethcel Soltones arrived just in time to save the Power Smashers.
The back-to-back NCAA MVP came from a school activity and then helped Laoag come back to beat Air Force, 20-25, 26-24, 25-21, 26-24, in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference Wednesday at the Philsports Arena.
Failing to arrive during warmups, Soltones and her San Sebastian teammates sat out the opening frame to warm up.
“Syempre super laki ng adjustments lalo na kami, usually samin students. Hindi pare-pareho yung schedule namin,” she told FOX Sports. “Well, ngayon tinatry namin na every training mabuo kami. Nagbunga naman ngayon, konti. Medyo mas naging okay yung game namin.”
Soltones said they have learned their lessons from a tough loss to Customs last week and is proud that the Power Smashers have shown progress early in the tournament.
“Ngayon mas okay yung jelling namin as a team. Kasi ngayon naguusap na kami kung sino yung dapat sa posisyon sa loob ng court. Inayos namin yun thru communication kasi yun yung kulang namin as a team. Hindi kami nag-uusap, as in laro lang. ngayon naman medyo naguusap na, di na tulad nung dati,” she said.
“Nililift up naman namin yung bawat isa samin e,” she added. “Kasi mahirap naman talagang mag adjust agad lalo na’t 4 days before opening, dun lang kami nabuo. Talagang malaking adjustment pa yung kailangan namin.”
With struggling UP next, Soltones said they have to communicate better to improve their record and solidify their bid for a slot in the Final Four.
“Communication talaga,” she stressed. “Ayun, kinakausap lang namin agad-agad kung anong gusto naming bola. Then yung mga mali namin, every after error, bawi lang agad.” — By Joyce Palad