VETERAN coach Roger Gorayeb hopes to make it to the semifinals with BaliPure in the Premier Volleyball League after heartbreaking seasons in the UAAP and NCAA.
Vying for the title are defending champion Pocari Sweat, Air Force, newcomers Creamline and Perlas Lady Spikers and provincial team Iriga.
Gorayeb, however, does not want to make any prediction on which team will give them a run for their money.
“Hindi ko pa nakikita ang mga kalaban, kailangan makita ko lahat para ma-assess ko,” he said.
“Pero syempre gusto namin mag-Final Four para sa corporate sponsor para ‘di mapahiya,” he added.
Gorayeb is hopeful for his new challenge after he saw his Final Four hopes with National University crash right in front of his eyes on the day of his birthday, when a hungrier University of Santo Tomas pulled off a come-from-behind semifinals clinching win in the UAAP.
Meanwhile, his top-seeded San Sebastian College squad was denied of a title despite a thrice-to-beat advantage in the NCAA.
Still, Gorayeb, who steered SSC to 22 championships, kept his hopes up for another tournament which starts on April 30.
“Baka after Holy Week start na kami,” he said.
Although there’s no definite lineup yet, Gorayeb is planning to bring his NU and SSC wards to BaliPure.
NU setter Jasmine Nabor, hitters Jorelle Singh and Aiko Urdas and middle blocker Risa Sato will team up with SSC ace spiker Grethcel Soltones and defense specialist Alyssa Eroa.
“Kasama namin mga bata NU at Baste tapos magdadagdag pa (mula) sa labas,” said Gorayeb.