AFTER a convincing season debut, the Petro Gazz Angels will utilize their five months of preparation for training and recruitment of some local players and imports for a brand-new campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 next year.
Yee and the Angels only had barely a month to prepare when their team was formed last April and already made their debut in the Reinforced Conference in May, where they failed to make it to the semifinals. Fueled with a longer preparation, Petro Gazz rose all the way to the Final Four in the Open Conference before bowing to eventual champion Creamline to settle for fourth place losing to BanKo in the bronze series.
“Last year, we didn’t have five months. Last year medyo April na kami nabuo talaga and then May, simula na ng tournament andiyan na yung mga imports so medyo nangangapa pa kami first half of the tournament,” said Yee during the Petro Gazz celebration of their convincing PVL season debut on Sunday.
With a brand-new season ahead, Yee promised not to waste the five-month break to continue their rise.
“Yung five months mahalaga yan sa amin makapagbreak-in and everything, conditioning kinokompleto natin kasi siyempre yan yung puhunan natin kailangan kondisyon tayo para yung long stretch na hindi mapapagod, hindi maiinjure,” he said.
Team captain Paneng Mercado agreed with her coach, admitting that forming the team for barely a month prior to the season wasn’t easy for them, but she is proud of how they overcame the challenge.
“Start naman ng year parang kapaan pa talaga hindi pa namin alam kung ano yung magiging performance ng team since this is relatively a new team, first time lang namin magkasama-sama,” Mercado said.
“I’m very happy sa naging performance ng team namin kasi habang tumatagal, tumataas yung level of play namin, mas nakilala namin yung isa’t isa parang it’s easier for us to play inside the court as one kasi we already know what our strengths and weaknesses and how to improve pur weaknesses to be a better team.”
And she can’t wait for next season as the Angels are eager to spread their wings to conquer greater heights.
“I’m very excited for next year sa ipapakita ng team namin,” she said.
Taking on Reinforced and Open Conference champions Creamline Cool Smashers, back-to-back silver medalists BanKo Perlas Spikers and a new club team Motolite led by Myla Pablo, Yee bared that aside from their newest recruit Jeanette Panaga from Pocari Sweat, they are eyeing for more to join Mercado, Chie Saet, Jonah Sabete, Maritess Pablo, Me-Anne Mendrez, Cherry Nunag, Kai Baloaloa, reigning libero Cienne Cruz and the rest of the Angels.
“Lahat naman ng teams kanya-kanyang recruitment yan kasi end of contract ng maraming players so lahat naman ng team kumbaga the quickest way na magimprove is siyempre yung bagong recruitment, bagong tutulong sa team. ganun din sa atin,” Yee said. “We’re trying to invite some more players basta yung makakatulong sa atin syempre of course after holidays, practice na.”
Yee also hinted that they are already negotiating with two ‘familiar’ imports for the Reinforced Conference but he declined to disclose it yet.