Gorayeb looks to improve defense, teamwork as San Sebastian faces tough stretch in sweep bid
San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb wants his wards to play more as a team if they want to complete the sweep in NCAA Season 92. Jerome Ascano

SAN Sebastian is three games away from sweeping its way to the NCAA Season 92 women's volleyball finals.

But while he admits that a sweep would be sweet, coach Roger Gorayeb is far more concerned on getting his team improve in time for the playoff phase. 

"Yes we want to sweep, who wouldn't want that?," said Gorayeb in Filipino. "But I want my team to improve on many aspects like defense and not relying too much on one player but play more as a team."

The Lady Stags have emerged the only unbeaten team after winning their first six outings, and could advance straight to the best-of-three championship round if they could hurdle their last three assignments.

San Sebastian's last three games, though, will be against Final Four contenders Perpetual Help (3-2) on Jan. 13, Lyceum (4-1) on Jan. 23 and defending champion Benilde (5-1) on Jan. 25.

"Hard to think of a sweep early because we know our last three games are all strong teams," said Gorayeb.

However, concerns remained about reigning back-to-back MVP Grethcel Soltones' conditioning.

Soltones has been far from peak form and is currently just second in the league's best scoring as she averaged just 16.17 points a game, a shade behind last year's Finals MVP and Benilde star Jeanette Panaga's 17 hits.

Gorayeb, though, said it’s something beyond a coach’s control.

"I did my part, it will really be up to her (Soltones)," said Gorayeb. 

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