Just a few months after winning the PSL All-Filipino Conference, coach Ramil de Jesus finds himself in unfamiliar territory.
F2 Logistics has suffered back-to-back sweeps to start the Grand Prix, with the Cargo Movers failing to find consistency and fortune in their first 2 outings.
Down 0-2 as the league takes a long break for the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, F2 is searching for answers as they attempt to salvage what has been a down tournament so far.
De Jesus, however, said he expected a rough start, what with Ara Galang recovering from minor surgery and their import woes stretching to just a couple of days before their campaign began.
“Siguro pag kumpleto yung team, andun na siguro,” he said. “Siguro hindi pa nag-ge-gel yung team. First time pa lang nag-meet yung team with (Kim) Fajardo and (Sydney) Kemper. During the game nga, nag-aadjust pa kami. Ito yung gusto niyang set, ito yung klase ng play na gagawin.”
Compounding De Jesus’s woes is the absence of both Fajardo and Mika Reyes during training, as the 2 are focusing on PSL Manila’s buildup for the global tilt happening late this month.
That was evident against Petron on Tuesday night, as Fajardo struggled to find a connection between her and Kemper, and even the Cargo Movers’ locals.
“Setter napaka importante yun sa training everyday,” the veteran mentor insisted. “Medyo hindi familiar si Kim dun sa mga teammates niya. Darating lang sa training namin siguro mga last part na ng training sa F2 yung aabutan niya.”
The answer to that problem, though, won’t come anytime soon for De Jesus, as Fajardo and Reyes will be deep in training with PSL Manila in the next couple of weeks.
“Yung nga e. Sabi ko sakanya mag-woworlds ka, sana bigyan mo ng oras kahit twice or thrice a week makapag training tayo. Para maging familiar sila,” he said. “Kung wala yung setter ang useless nung training. Wala yung mga play. Napaka importante kasi yung andun yung setter sa training.” — By Joyce Palad