JOVIELYN Prado embraces a bigger role for Petro Gazz in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference in a bid to fill the gap left by super imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson.
From a service specialist in their Cinderella run in the Reinforced Conference, Prado played as a wing spiker and delivered 12 points in their 25-15, 25-15, 25-19 victory over Pacifictown-Army on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.
“Malaking kawalan po sa amin ang imports namin. Kung hindi ako mag-pupursige pa mas lalo pa kaming mababaon,” said Prado after the team's second win in four games.
With middle blockers Jeanette Panaga and Cherry Nunag leading the Angels’ offense, Petro Gazz coach Arnold Laniog has challenged Prado and fellow wing spikers Paneng Mercado, Jonah Sabete, Klarisa Abriam and Cai Baloaloa to pick up the slack.
“Yung middle natin nakaka-contribute ng double digit every game,” Laniog said. “As much as possible dapat mas makita natin ang mga heavy hitters mas maka-contribute ng at least double digits dahil mas marami silang bola.”
In their two losses in four games, especially against rival Creamline last Saturday, Laniog pointed out the the wing spikers were the missing link.
“Like yung Creamline last time na malakas talaga ang serve so ang passing namin alanganin to give sa mga quick attackers. Kailangan talagang step up ang spikers,” he said.
Prado, Mercado, Sabete and Baloaloa responded to their coach’s challenge.
“Ina-accept lang po namin ang challenge ni coach kasi sabi din naman po nila na wala kaming aasahan,” Prado said. “Kami-kami na lang po ang naglalaro sa loob. Kung ano po ang ini-expect nila sa amin, ginagawa na lang namin.”