CHERRY Nunag lamented on the late call of the referees on her overreaching violation that served as Creamline’s winning point against Petro Gazz in Game One of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Finals.
“Kung cinall nila sa akin, dapat cinall na nila before pa, humaba ng humaba yung rally ang tagal kasi hinintay muna nilang maging point namin yung point bago nila i-call,” said Nunag on the crucial call of first referee Yul Benosa.
Petro Gazz was fighting for survival, down 22-24 in the fourth set but it led to an anti-climactic end as Jonah Sabete’s spike attempt was blocked but Nunag came to the rescue, dinking the ball that led to a misdig on Risa Sato until it went outside off the hands of Ale Blanco.
The Angels celebrated the point that would've moved them one shy of forcing a deuce only for the refs to blow a whistle on Nunag for overreaching, concluding Game One as Creamline’s victory, while Petro Gazz coaches and players were left complaining on the late call.
Nunag couldn’t accept the late call even after a long talk with the team at the locker room.
“Basta hindi siya katanggap tanggap kasi sayang e point na namin tapos biglang may call na ganun tapos parang ang tagal pumito ng referee tapos inaward sa kanila,” she said. “Kung call yun sa akin dapat bago pa hindi maitawid yung bola tinawag na nila. What if pala kung umover yung bola hindi nila icacall yun? Diba ang unfair lang din.”
The De La Salle-Dasmariñas standout also denied it was overreaching.
“Hindi overreach kasi hindi rin talaga tumama sa akin yung bola. Kasi kung tumama sa akin dapat nagiba yung direksyon ng bola,” said Nunag, who had five points in the match.
Since it was a judgment call and most of the spectators believed it was a good call that was just whistled belatedly, Petro Gazz didn’t file a complaint anymore and chose to move on, focusing on its daunting challenge to win Game Two on Saturday at the same venue and force a rubbermatch on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.
Besides the crucial overreaching call that marked as PetroGazz’s 31st error in the match, Nunag admitted that Creamline deserved the win as her whole team failed to show their real game.
“Sabi nga ng mga coaches yung game na yun deserved nila, kasi sa team namin parang hindi ganun yung energy na binigay namin. Yung second set and third set nga parang binibigay na namin e,” Nunag said. “Kahit kami sa loob hindi namin alam kung ano yung nangyayari kung bakit parang ang slow ng galaw. Hindi mo alam kung pressured ba takot ba or nagdadoubt.”
But it should serve as a wake-up call for the Angels as Nunag is not losing hope to steal the series and keep their title hopes alive.
“Kung gusto natin kunin, kunin natin kasi andito na tayo, nakarating na tayo dito,” Nunag said. “Nasa sa atin kung kukunin natin kasi panigurado sila kukunin na nila so kung gusto nating kunin agawin na natin.”