BANG Pineda and Aiza Maizo advanced to the semifinals with a 21-17, 21-16 victory over Aby Marano Danika Gendrauli on Sunday in the 2016 Philippine Super Liga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup at MOA Sands by the Bay.
“Nag-ready talaga kami and nagfocus kami sa service-receive at saka sa isang target lang,” said Pineda. “Si Aby ang target namin kasi, hindi naman sa pag-underestimate pero, mas malikot maglaro si Danika sa sand court.”
“Bago lang kasi si Aby maglaro ng beach volley kaya siya na ‘yung tinarget namin,” added Maizo.
It was a huge recovery for Petron’s Pineda and Maizo, who were coming off a 9-21, 9-21 loss to Sisi Rondina and Patty Orendain.
“’Yung time ng game namin sobrang init talaga and siguro nagmamadali kami noong game na ‘yun,” said Maizo, whose last beach volleyball tournament was the 2011 Southeast Asian Games with Jovelyn Gonzaga.
“Siguro na-mental block lang kami kasi noong time ng game namin sobrang init,” said Pineda. “At saka magaling din talaga sina Rondina.”
Pineda and Maizo said they will work on limiting their errors as they wait for their opponent in the semifinals set next week.
“Kahit sino, magreready na lang kami. Kailangan ma-lessen namin ang errors lalo na sa service,” said Pineda.