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    Roger Gorayeb urges San Sebastian players to step up in filling void left by Grethcel Soltones

    Sep 6, 2017

    SAN Sebastian College coach Roger Gorayeb remained unpleased even after his team's victory over Jose Rizal University, as he believes his wards still lacked confidence in playing together following the departure of top hitter Grethcel Soltones.

    SSC seemed lost anew after a flat start against Far Eastern University with a shaky game against JRU in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.

    Gorayeb made no effort to sugarcoat what’s wrong with his team.

    “Lagi silang naghahanap ng Grethcel. Panahon na para matuto silang tumayo sa sariling paa,” he said after their win over JRU, 24-23, 25-22, 25-21, on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

    Soltones, a former NCAA MMVP, was appointed as assistant coach for this conference.

    But the veteran mentor stressed that he wants his wards to step up and not to look for what’s missing.

    “Lahat sila, ano ba, it’s time to shine naman, kayo naman makilala,” said Gorayeb. “Given na ‘yun, ‘di pwedeng katwiran wala si Grethcel, sana psychology nila maayos na.”

    Team captain Joyce Sta. Rita finished with 16 points, from 12 attacks, three blocks and one service ace, but Gorayeb pointed out that it was expected of her.

    "(Sabi ko) Joyce ikaw na ang veteran, ikaw na team captain, 'di pwedeng ikaw na team captain tuturuan pa rin kita," he said. 

    SSC, which holds a 1-1 win-loss record in Group A, will face National University, Gorayeb’s former team, on Monday.

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