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    Veteran Rubi De Leon says 'disconnected' PLDT needs to discuss teamwork over a cup of coffee

    Jun 21, 2014

    MAYBE a discussion over cups of coffee might help.

    PLDT Home TVolution ended the elimination round of the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference with three successive losses and veteran setter Rubi De Leon said the league heavyweight needs to work on its teamwork to get back on the winning track.

    The former University of Santo Tomas standout said it won’t hurt if the star-studded Power Attackers get together over coffee and talk about their faltering campaign.

    “Siguro 'yung bonding namin, 'yung lalabas kami magkakape lang,” said de Leon. “Iba kasi 'yung nabubuo noon, 'yung sama-sama kayo isang team kayong lalabas.”

    PLDT has slipped to fifth place with a 2-4 (win-loss) card after losses to last conference's cellar dweller RC Cola-Air Force (18-25, 23-25, 18-25), newcomer AirAsia (26-24, 19-25, 20-25, 18-25), and Cignal (20-25, 23-25, 25-18, 17-25).

    De Leon did not sugarcoat the real problem: PLDT players, she said, are simply 'disconnected.'

    “Siguro 'yung teamwork namin nawawala. That's why halos lahat kami walang laro, walang receive, (walang ) communication,” said the 32-year old setter.

    “Kung one on one, kaya namin eh,” she added. “Pero as a team, doon kami nagkaka-problema kasi wala kaming bonding.”

    Aside from De Leon, also with the PLDT team are former college stars Sue Roces, Sasa Devanadera, Angela Benting, Maru Banaticla, Charo Soriano, and Jem Ferrer.

    PLDT will now wait to know what fate awaits it as the rest of the field complete its elimination round matches after the league takes a 12-day break to give way to the Cagayan Friendship Games.

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