BALI Pure looks to stretch its win streak to four when it faces Laoag on Wednesday in the V-League Season 13 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Purest Water Defenders clash with the Power Smashers at 4 p.m. and although Alyssa Valdez has joined the squad, coach Charo Soriano says it will not be an easy match against a Laoag side led by Mylene Paat, Jessica Galanza and Jovielyn Prado.
“They have a very good middle attacker and very strong openers, we’ll really work hard and prepare,” said Soriano.
“Hindi naman sa full strength, lahat naman kami acceptance talaga marami pa kaming pagkukulang, individually and as a team, so ang magagawa namin is to really work harder,” she added.
With a deep lineup that also has Amy Ahomiro, Dzi Gervacio and libero turned attacker Denden Lazaro, Soriano is able to spread the minutes and keep players fresh.
“We wanted kasi to maximize Denden, Bea (Tan), Alyssa Eroa and also Ella de Jesus, we all know that these four people are really good defenders so right now we’re trying to switch it up,” she said.
“For us naman po we’re very, very flexible, each in every game may mga changes and that’s good for us and it’s gonna be harder for the teams also to see na kung ano ang gagawin naming mga plays,” she added.
“Because if the deep bench that we have we can really switch things up, a defender can be an attacker,” she continued. “Medyo nakakahinga kami ngayon kasi medyo malalim na ang bench, marami nang magagamit.”
Laoag, tied with National U with a 2-2 win-loss record, is looking to score a huge follow-up to a straight-sets win over erstwhile undefeated Air Force.
“Ngayon buo na kami so ‘yung ineensayo namin mailalabas na namin sa laro,” said Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar after the return of Arellano’s Prado and Jan Galang from the intercollegiate tournament in Baguio.