BALIPURE star Grethcel Soltones offered no excuses for her team’s shaky performance in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.
From a 2-1 start in the tournament, fatigue caught up with the Water Defenders as they lost two consecutive games that put them on the brink of elimination.
The former three-time NCAA MVP stressed that BaliPure didn’t seem as if they were last conference’s first runner up to Pocari Sweat.
“As we can see, unlike last conference, hindi kami ganito as a team,” said Soltones, who was obviously not satisfied despite a four-set win over Adamson, 25-18, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20, on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Unlike the former San Sebastian ace, some of her teammates are still in college and have a twice-a-day practice.
Jerrili Malabanan still trains with Far Eastern University, while Risa Sato, Jorelle Singh, Aiko Urdas and Jasmine Nabor also attend practices with National University.
But Soltones refused to put the blame on their tight schedule.
“‘Di naman excuse ‘yung pagiging busy. As a player naman, ganun naman talaga yung collegiate players so balance lang siguro,” she said.
BaliPure is on a must-win situation against Pocari Sweat on Sunday.