POCARI Sweat coach Rico de Guzman admitted that the Lady Warriors simply lost focus as Air Force pounded on them, 20-25, 19-25, 21-25, in Game One of the best-of-three semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
De Guzman did not bother sugarcoating the problem of his team when asked by a handful of reporters on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
“Ang masasabi ko lang dyan, wala sila sa focus. Parang in-underestimate nila ang Air Force,” he said.
The Lady Warriors played as if they weren’t the team that won three consecutive titles in the past conferences.
They only scored 28 attack points compared to Air Force’s 41 in a match that took an hour and 11 minutes.
Top hitter Myla Pablo had 14 points, from 13 kills out of 46 attempts, but she could not get as much support from her teammates as Desiree Dadang and Elaine Kasilag only had six and four markers, respectively.
To add to de Guzman’s woes, Pocari Sweat also gave away 26 points to Air Force courtesy of its errors.
“Kung ‘yung mga fans ng Lady Warriors nagulat, ako naman gulat na gulat,” said de Guzman. “Hindi ko ini-expect na ganyan ang ipapakita nila. Ang nakikita ko d’yan ay wala sila sa focus, wala ‘yung utak nila rito sa laro.”
De Guzman, who replaced Rommel Abella during the off season, could not help but vent out his frustration over the loss.
“Samantalang sa tuneup namin, lalaki pa ang kalaban namin, ang ganda ng ipinakita nila. Ang ganda ng first ball, ang ganda ng opensa so ini-expect ko na ganoon ang ipapakita nila dito,” he said.
But the Army sergeant gave a bold warning to his wards ahead of Game Two on Sunday.
“Sabi ko sa kanila, wala na tayong practice, di ko na kailangan i–review kung ano ang mga pagkakamali ninyo, kayo na mismo ang mag-isip kung ano ang mga mali ninyo na dapat itama bukas,” he said.