July 22, 2018, 11:58 pm
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High Flyers out to extend title series

PAYMAYA hopes to put behind the pent up emotions of its harrowing four-set defeat to Creamline in the opener of their Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference finals last Sunday and vowed a payback in Game 2 tomorrow at the MOA Arena in Pasay.

Coach Roger Gorayeb said for his wards to bounce back from their 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 19-25 loss and stop the Cool Smashers from their sweep bid, the High Flyers must re-group and do what they are supposed to do in a championship match.

“As embarrassing as it may seem, I think we didn’t play the kind of game we needed to do. This is the championship and we have to play on a different level,” Gorayeb said, referring to his wards’ erratic game where they gave away 29 points off miscues, the bulk of them coming at the crucial stretch of the last two sets.

PayMaya scored 28 points off its rival’s errors but lacked the fire, energy and drive in the stretch that it showed in its previous outings, particularly in its thrilling come-from-behind win over BanKo-Perlas in their rubber match in the semis.

“The problem was we played like we’re not in a championship series,” said Gorayeb. “We lacked backline attack, combinations and struggled at the service box.”

He also noted his wards’ tendency to crack under pressure.

“What I can’t understand is that each time when we’re about to score, somebody would make mistakes, simple errors at that,” Gorayeb pointed out.
Import Tess Rountree outscored her counterparts with 26 hits, including 23 kills, while Grethcel Soltones and Shelby Sullivan combined for 20 points and Jerilli Malabanan chipped in seven markers.

But after leveling the match in the second frame, the High Flyers struggled at endgame of the next two sets, enabling the Cool Smashers to power their way to the victory and move a win away from achieving a dream championship in the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.

Setter Jasmine Nabor also got outplayed by counterpart Jia Morado, who produced 32 excellent sets which doubled the former’s output.

Gorayeb hopes to have delivered the message and expects the High Flyers to come out stronger and fiercer tomorrow.

“I told them that we’re not going to talk about our performance in Game 1 since they’re old enough to know how they played. But they should focus on the next game and try to get even,” said Gorayeb.
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