Melissa Gohing says tough drill master Rico de Guzman can bring best out of Pocari
Army staff sergeant Rico de Guzman is exactly the coach that can bring the best out of Pocari Sweat, says defense specialist Melissa Gohing. Dante Peralta

POCARI Sweat libero Melissa Going has urged her team to embrace to the military-like training under new head coach Rico de Guzman as they try to retain the Premier Volleyball Open Conference title.

The defense specialist believes that their new head coach, who two championships in the old V-League and three in the Philippine Super Liga with Army, can turn the Lady Warriors into a more disciplined and organized team.

De Guzman, then a deputy, was appointed just a couple of days after former head coach Rommel Abella steered Pocari Sweat to its second straight title last month.

“Coach Rico has been there din helping out, grabe din siya ang effort niya when it comes to coaching us,” said Gohing. “It’s the same lang, medyo mas vocal lang siya ngayon, siya yung nagi-insist ng practice.”

But if there’s one difference between their former mentor and de Guzman, it's that the Army staff sergeant is a tougher drill master than his predecessor.

Gohing prefers it that way, saying her training under the mentorship of veteran tactician Ramil de Jesus at La Salle prepared her for that. 

“Medyo hindi strict si coach John (Abella) kasi nakikisama siya sa players pero it’s a good thing din kasi sanay ako sa strict na coach. Hindi ako sanay na lie low, mas gusto ko kasi disiplinado yung mga players,” said Gohing.

“Ayoko rin na may naga-absent at ayoko rin ng mga mga nali-late. Gusto ko na disiplinado kami knowing that we are the defending champions and we have to act as champions,” she added.

The rigid training immediately translated into a win after Pocari Sweat turned back University of the Philippines, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21, on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Warriors will face Banko Perlas on Wednesday.

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