BALI Pure playing coach Charo Soriano said the team needs to regroup if it hopes to get past Pocari Sweat in the deciding Game Three of their semifinal showdown in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference.
Soriano said the teamwork that Bali Pure developed in so short a time in the tournament went missing in the final set of Game Two on Saturday, leading the crucial moments of hesitation and, eventually, errors that enabled Pocari Sweat to pull through with a 25-23, 13-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-8 win at The Arena in San Juan.
“We didn’t see so much of the teamwork that we’re known for so ‘yun lang, we had a lot of errors talaga,” Soriano said, although Bali Pure ended the game with lesser errors than Pocari Sweat (30-33).
“I think they were too aggressive, they’re too gigil, a lot of net errors that normally didn’t happen and the last point was a service ace so that was clearly as miscommunication from our defenders there were three there they could have easily gotten that,” she added.
The former Ateneo ace also stressed that they could have survived the Pocari onslaught led by Myla Pablo and Elaine Kasilag in the final set if Bali Pure wasn't as tentative.
“There was a lot of energy in the first and second set but I can sense in the fifth set that there was a lot of hesitation inside the court,” she said.
“A lot of like whose ball, who will get that ball, who will spike that ball, even Jem’s (Ferrer) sense was a little bit lower because she was having a hard time receiving the fast ball from our receivers,” she added.
Soriano nonetheless also gave credit to Pocari Sweat’s well-executed plays and defensive stops, saying their opponents simply played a lot better than they did in the final set.
“But siguro Pocari really played a good game, we have to give it to them. There were a lot of kills coming from Myla Pablo, even her back row attack, so kudos to their team,” said Soriano.
“They were really more stable, they didn’t make a lot of errors specially in the fifth set, so that was a good game from Pocari,” she added. “Pocari just played a better volleyball today. We have to give that to them.”
For Bali Pure to regroup, the team needs to go back to basics, Soriano said.
“Then again it’s a best-of-three series, our playoffs is not over yet. We have Monday to prove talaga who’s the better team and I think that’s gonna be an exciting game,” she said.
“So we’ll just slow down the pace on Game Three we’ll make sure that it’s our pace that we’re following and not theirs,” she added.
Game Three is on Monday, 6 p.m., at the PhilSports Arena.