BATANGAS CITY — Grazielle Bombita took some time on the bench to reevaluate her game before she got the proper mindset and provided the clutch hits for Iriga-Navy in edging Tacloban in their second round duel in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference on Sunday at the Batangas City Coliseum here.
After being benched in their straight-set win over Adamson-Akari on Saturday at the Imus Sports Complex, Bombita made the most of the last two sets she played as she nailed the big blows for the Lady Oragons in their 25-20, 15-25, 27-25, 25-23 victory over the Fighting Warays to earn their first winning streak and keep their semifinals hopes alive with an improved 3-7 win-loss record.
When Iriga and Tacloban tangled in a toe-to-toe duel in the last two sets, Bombita came to the rescue. She provided the last three points in the third set to get the 2-1 set lead before she nailed the two match-winning points in the fourth set.
The open spiker who hails from Camarines Sur had one thing on her mind.
“Isa lang po iniisip ko, yung bawat ginagawa ko talaga is para sa team so bawat puntos na yun para talaga sa team namin,” said Bombita, who finished with 10 points despite only playing in the third and four set. “Humihingi talaga ako ng bola para tapos na, hindi na kami maghihirap.”
“Kailangan talaga namin manalo, gusto namin manalo yun yung naging motivation ko sa loob ng court,” she added.
Bombita was not fielded in their game against Adamson less than 24 hours ago. Iriga-Navy coach Edgar Rusit wanted to utilize his bench and gave the Lady Oragons skipper a time to study the game.
“Kahapon nagbalasa lang kami ng tao, binasa namin yung mga tao namin kung sino talaga yung gagana o effective kaya ganun. Sinubukan niya rin na magpahinga muna ng konti,” Rusit said. “Yung ginawa ni Grace ngayon siguro naging challenge sa kanya kasi yung mga nakaraan naming mga laro magpupuntos magkakaroon ng error. Siguro ngayon inisip niya dapat lahat to continuous na para sure na panalo na talaga.”
Bombita, who averaged 10.33 points in all the nine games she played, agreed and followed her coach.
“Inanalyze ko yung laro ko nung mga nakaraan kailangan ko maminimize yung errors ko kailangan ko magisip sa loob ng court kung paano ko papatayin yung bola,” she said. “Kailangan ko rin pagaralan yung bawat galaw ng kalaban namin kung saan weakness point ng kalaban.”
“Naging aral sa akin yung sinasabi ng mga coaches kailangan ko talagang magisip sa loob ng court at kailangan ko bumawi yun yung naging foundation ko, yung naging friends ko. Kaya nakabawi po kami,” she added.
Bombita and the Lady Oragons are brimming with confidence heading into the final stretch of the Open Conference as they have won three of their last four games, eyeing to rise from ashes and get a Final Four spot.
“Mas lalong tumaas yung moral, yung energy mas magiging mataas,” Bombita said.
“Kung ano yung tiyaga namin na pinaghihirapan din talaga ngayon kasi nahihirapan din kami magisip kung paano tatapatan yung mga kalaban,” Iriga-Navy coach said. “Dinadagdagan na lang namin yunng ibang mga dapat namin gawin sa loob ng court. Pag nakuha nila yun siguro magtutuloy tuloy pataas naman yung training namin para mahabol namin yung remaining ng games.”