PSL-F2 Logistics Manila coach Moro Branislav remained defiant despite the team falling to its fourth straight loss, and stayed optimistic in winning the seventh spot of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The home team lost the chance to entering the battle for fifth place after it bowed to a more disciplined Hisamitsu Springs Kobe squad, 15-25,125, 21-25, in the classification for fifth to eighth spots on Saturday.
But the Serbian coach is not losing his faith on his wards.
“Tomorrow is an important game and I believe in my players, we have a big chance for a better play (tomorrow),” said Branislav, who faces a fellow winless team in Bangkok Glass.
“Bangkok Glass is a champion in Asia, everyone in the team is good and I respect Bangkok Glass, but maybe this will be the first time in history that one Philippine team will win in the world cup,” he said.
American imports Lindsay Stalzer, Stephanie Niemer and Ukrainian reinforcement Yevgeniya Nyukhalova are again expected to take the lead for PSL-F2 Logistics Manila along with skipper Rachel Anne Daquis and middle blocker Jaja Santiago.
The Thai team, meanwhile, will bank on its solid team chemistry and vast experience in the international arena. Skipper Pleumjit Thinkaow, Wilavan Apinyapong, Ashley Frazier and Thi Ngoc Hao Nguyen will spearhead the attack for Bangkok Glass.