COACH Roger Gorayeb is hoping Balipure could keep the intensity up while being cautious of tactical changes Pocari Sweat is bound to make as they face off in the decider for the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference title on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
“It's do-or-die thing, wala nang atrasan 'yun,” said Gorayeb. “If we can play again this way, eh di pabor sa amin ang mangyayari.”
“But we do not know, baka mag-iba sila ng strategy nila or what. Siyempre, pag-hahandaan sa ensayo namin.”
Pocari Sweat continued to rely heavily on new import Krystal Rivers, but Gorayeb expects some changes in the decider of the best-of-three series set at 6 p.m.
The Water Defenders forced a decider with a five-set win in the second match after a four-set loss in the opener.
“Itong chance na ito na binigay sa amin, napakalaki ng chances namin,” said Gorayeb.
BaliPure looked in control with a two-set lead before Pocari Sweat rallied and forced the match into a fifth set.
BaliPure will again lean on the triple threat of imports Jennifer Keddy and Jeng Bualee with top local hitter, with Jerrili Malabanan and Risa Sato also expected to contribute big numbers.