IRIGA City may have finally gotten back in its feet with its first win following the ban on star spiker Grethcel Soltones with a sweep of Victoria Sports-UST in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix
But the sweet taste of victory doesn't take away the pain for coach Parley Tupaz, who could use the firepower Soltones brings in their tough schedule ahead against heavyweights Petron and F2 Logistics.
“Sobra, hindi sa nag-aano ako, pero sobra,” said Iriga City coach Parley Tupaz when asked if the team misses Soltones’ presence.
“Malaking tulong sana sakin siya kasi nabawasan ako ng palagay na lang natin na 12 points per game, mababa na ‘yung ganon,” he added.
The Oragons started the conference with a stunning five-setter come-from-behind win over Sta. Lucia with Soltones delivering 15 points, six digs and eight excellent receptions.
But after seeing action in a charity game for the Premier Volleyball League on October 29, she was slapped a hefty P50,000 fine and a one-year suspension from the PSL as per the league’s One-League Policy.
After their first win, the Oragons felt Soltones’ absence as they absorbed four consecutive losses.
Iriga City finally got back in its feet with a sweep of Victoria Sports-UST, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20, on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
The PSL newcomer improved to 2-4 for the seventh spot, but will again have an uphill climb against the Blaze Spikers and Cargo Movers on Saturday and December 2, respectively.
Tupaz, though, insisted that he's moved on and accepted the league's decision on Soltones.
“Pero wala tayong magagawa kasi rules are rules,” he said. “Sacrifice ‘yun na ‘yun eh.”