Nes Pamilar disappointed as setters struggle to get into rhythm with Power Smashers imports
Coach Nes Pamilar says the scores should not have been that close. Jerome Ascano

POWER Smashers stayed in the hunt for an outright semis berth, but coach Nes Pamilar said the setters need to get in sync with their Thai reinforcements to boost their chances in the Premier Volleyball League.

The Power Smashers needed four sets to get past lowly Air Force on Tuesday, and although Pamilar was not expecting the Power Smashers to breeze past their foes, he insists they could have put up much more comfortable margins.

"Di naman straight set kasi ang score, dikit-dikit, parang kami pa ang nagaalangan. Halos ayaw na gumalaw, yung palo ng kalaban, easy ball na din. Sila nasobrahan sa relax," he said.

[See Power Smashers beat lowly Air Force to keep alive bid for outright semis spot]

Pamilar called out setters Vira Guillema and Alina Bicar, who he said looked clueless during the match.

"Parehong lutang ang utak. Di alam ang ginagawa. Ang daming instruction, baliktad ang ginagawa sa instruction," he said.

"Kaya bago matapos ang game, pinagiisip ko. Bago matapos ang first set, nilabas ko yung isa. Pinagiisip ko. Yung isa naman, ganoon din. Kailangan mo magpaikot-ikot sa kanilang dalawa."

Thai imports Kannika Thipachot and Hyapa Amporn have played in only three of the Power Smashers’ nine matches, but Pamilar expects the whole team to get into the groove quicker.

"Kahit paano, pag nakapasok kami, medyo makakaadjust pa kami. Baka magconnect pa ng mas maganda ang setter at import. Di nagkoconnect yung import at setter kaya pag nakapasok kami, baka mas makapagprepare pa kami," he said.

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