Injured knee kept Charo Soriano from playing for Bali Pure v Pocari

As Bali Pure broke down in the face of a searing Pocari rally, Charo Soriano badly wanted to enter the court and play.

After all, her veteran smarts, blocking and leadership would have greatly helped the Purest Water Defenders push for a fifth set and possibly win the match.

That, however, wasn’t possible because the playing coach had a knee injury.

“I wanted to play talaga but I had a minor injury on my knee,” she said after Bali Pure bowed in 4 sets. “Our PT said it was MCL pero baka hindi. I need to do therapy more and maybe you’ll see me play in the final series, the battle for third.”

Taking caution was logical for Soriano, who has suffered an ACL tear before and also went down with an injury when she played for PLDT in the same tournament last year.

But whether she suited up or not, the former Ateneo star said the Water Defenders lost anew because they forgot how to communicate.

Similar to her comments after their Game 2 defeat last Wednesday, Soriano noted how her players stopped talking on the court when the going gets tough.

“There’s a lot of hesitation inside the court on our end. So people were hesitating, they weren’t communicating,” she told FOX Sports. “Siguro they put so much trust in each other that they forget that they still need to talk to one another parin.”

That showed especially in the fourth set, when Elaine Kasilag repeatedly pierced through their net defense and fired back-to-back-to-back-to-back daggers that ended their championship hopes.

Soriano lauded the Lady Warriors for being more composed and believes the finals matchup between their tormentors and veteran-laden Philippine Air Force would be one for the books.

“Pocari played really really steady volleyball all throughout,” she said. “They didn’t change the tempo, they maintained their tempo from start to finish. They really deserve the win and it’s gonna be an exciting game with Pocari versus Air Force.” — By Joyce Palad