FOTON coach Vilet Ponce de Leon said Ivy Perez underperformed as the Tornadoes fell to the Petron Blaze Spikers, but quickly added she is not pinning the blame on their setter.
Perez had eight excellent sets in the second match of the Super Liga title series as the Tornadoes bowed in four sets and allowed the Blaze Spikers on Monday to force a title decider. That was much lower than the 18 Perez registered in the four-set win in the series opener.
“The setter will be the factor talaga. Hindi naman siya non-factor but nagkulang,” said Ponce de Leon.
“With Petron, comparing them with us, pareho naman kaming may pass but it’s the choice na lang siguro kung kanino mo ibibigay ‘yun. Sa setter ‘yun nakadepende,” she added.
In comparison, Petron’s Brazilian setter Erica Adachi had 32 excellent sets, but Ponce de Leon isn’t blaming Perez.
“But of course collective effort naman ’yun ng team. Hindi lang sa kanya (Perez) ’yun,” she said.
Now Foton just hopes Perez would regain her form and help lead the Tornadoes to the title.
“Ayaw kong sabihin na kinakabahan siya because we’ve been here na nakapaglaro na kami ng first game and she’s expected to perform na talaga kung how she performed the previous game,” she said.
“But then siguro nga because Finals na medyo bumigay lang siguro. Hopefully by next game mag-pickup na rin siya,”she added.