Bali Pure coach Roger Gorayeb couldn’t hide his disappointment after they succumbed to reigning champion Pocari Sweat in Game 1 of their best-of-three title showdown in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference.
It was a heartcrushing setback.
Arguably the best team in the league after topping the preliminaries, the Purest Water Defenders lost their power when they marched into the finals against the Lady Warriors with latest import Krystal Rivers on board.
Rivers, a University of Alabama product, finally saw action after weeks of waiting for ITC (international transfer certificate) to replace Edina Selimovic, who suffered a torn hamstring.
Despite her glowing credentials, Gorayeb said the Purest Water Defenders were not cowed by Rivers’ presence.
[quote]”Hindi naman kami na-intimidate kay Rivers.”[/quote]
He said they lost because of their own mistakes.
[quote]”‘Yung pagkatalo namin, dahil sa sarili namin.”[/quote]
[quote]”Ang dami namin error na hindi naman namin usually nagagawa, ultimo reception at depensa namin sumama.”[/quote]
The Purest Water Defenders took 1-0 set advantage in Game 1 of the finals when they capitalized on the errors of the Lady Warriors, who were still mixing up their plays with Rivers, in the opening set.
But the defending titlist recovered in the following set.
Bali Pure, on the other hand, started to lose its groove and committed more errors. In the end, it trailed to a 0-1 mark in the title race, leaving Gorayeb completely frustrated.
[quote]”Masama nilaro, lahat.”[/quote]
[quote]”Walang exceptional na naglaro ngayon. Hindi alam kung bakit. Ganda noong first set, pagdating noong second set, nawala.”[/quote]
The battle is not yet over.
He hopes that his wards would rediscover their winning form before they lose the chance to win the crown in the inaugural PVL.
[quote]”Ang adjustment namin diyan sa sarili na lang namin.”[/quote]
A many-time champion coach, Gorayeb added that all the Purest Water Defenders have to do is take the game with a champion’s heart to remain alive.
They must know what’s at stake.
[quote]”Ang sabi ko nga sa kanila, this is a championship game. We should play with a champion’s heart. Hindi pwedeng parang elimination lang. Ang layo na ng narating namin, ang dami na namin pinagdaanan. Ngayon pa ba kami susuko? Siyempre hindi naman.”[/quote]
[quote]”Sana ma-realize ng mga bata na nandoon kami, na kaya namin.”[/quote]