MANILA, Philippines – Petro Gazz confirmed psychological toughness and rediscovered his profitable methods to fend off the equally run however gritty Farm Recent, 25-22, 19-25, 25-16, 26-24, to maintain his semifinal hopes alive to be held within the 2023 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) second All-Filipino Convention on Tuesday at Philsports Area.
After a 4-0 begin within the event, the Angels went downhill with 4 straight losses. Coach Timmy Sto. Tomas challenged his departments to make use of these setbacks as motivation, particularly as they discover themselves in a must-win scenario within the remaining matches.
“I’ve mentioned earlier than that it’s extra of a motivation for us to proceed to carry out effectively. We now have confronted stronger, high-caliber groups in the previous few video games, so these groups solely stored us transferring ahead as we have been in a position to enhance our abilities,” mentioned Sto. Tomas in Filipino.
“In our final 4 matches we lacked persistence on the court docket, even after we have been at all times 4 or 5 factors forward, however then we might drop the set, in any other case our opponent would drive a detailed battle. It is extra about the way you cope with these sorts of conditions: persistence within the courtroom, psychological toughness and self-discipline.”
The Angels confirmed their composure in opposition to the Foxies, who pushed them to their limits below the management of Trisha Tubu. Alyssa Bertolano’s ace and Djanel Cheng’s foul within the doubles setting introduced Farm Recent to the brink of forcing a fifth set with a 24-23 lead.
Petro Gazz dodged a bullet after Kate Santiago’s assault went out to drive a deuce earlier than Grethcel Soltones put the ending touches with back-to-back kills to finish the Angels’ skid and enhance to a 5-4 file sixth place.
“My mentality after these losses is that we’ve nothing to lose,” mentioned Soltones, who scored 16 factors and had 12 excellent receptions. “Coach Timmy advised us to not rush. Our blocking and protection went effectively. My setter and I additionally communicated, I adopted her suggestion [to gain match point] and the final level was my resolution.
Jonah Sabete, who was the highest scorer with 21 factors together with three blocks, attributed her play to playmaker Djanel Cheng’s confidence and continuous reminders from their coaches.
“I at all times remind myself to maintain working and comply with the system of our coaches: when you make a mistake, you compensate for it by scoring a degree. It is usually big that Djanel trusts her wing spikers,” Sabete mentioned in Filipino.
Aiza Maizo-Pontillas additionally performed a key function for the Angels with 13 factors and 12 receptions. Cheng had 22 wonderful units, whereas KC Gadones and Marian Buitre added 10 factors every.
Petro Gazz will tackle Akari on Saturday earlier than finishing his elimination bracket in opposition to PLDT on December 5, requiring him to win each matches.
“The strain is at all times there, so we’ve to take that under consideration. We now have to acknowledge it after which we’ve to cope with that strain. Day-after-day we proceed to coach and work exhausting and we are going to proceed to indicate our capabilities,” mentioned Sto. Tomás.
Farm Recent misplaced the eighth of the 9 video games, with Tubu once more exhibiting the best way with 20 factors. Zam Nolasco and Rizza Cruz every had 11 factors, whereas Santiago and Bertolano added seven factors every.