GRETHCEL Soltones is taking things in stride as San Sebastian absorbed a straight-sets loss in her first match as assistant coach.
Just months after her final match as SSC top player, the three-time NCAA Most Valuable Player accepted an assistant job with the school, and she admitted wanting to play as the team was beaten by Far Eastern University on Sunday in the PVL Collegiate League at The Arena in San Juan.
Soltones did not provide specifics, but admitted there is much work ahead for the young squad.
“They are still young and they need to improve themselves also. Kailangan nilang matuto talaga kaya hinahayaan na lang namin,” said Soltones, who joins Kath Villegas as new SSC assistant coaches.
“Sinasabi namin sa kanila na bawi na lang sa susunod, tapang lang, kasi sila-sila rin naman ang magkakasama pagdating sa NCAA eh,” added Villegas.
“Hindi pa rin makapaniwala kasi dati naglalaro ako for my school pero now nagko-coach na,”
“Ayun inaasar nila kami ni Kath. Sakto lang na tawagin nila akong coach pero siyempre nakakapanibago.”
Coach Roger Gorayeb had earlier talked about Soltones taking an assistant role but the spiker from Cebu said on Sunday she does not see herself being a full-time coach in the future, and plans to play as long as she can in the commercial leagues.
“Hindi ko pa nakikita ang sarili ko na coach kasi gusto ko pang maglaro eh. Siguro sa future pero for now gusto ko lang mag-play hangga’t kaya pa,” said Soltones, who looks to finish her Business Management course by March next year.