Iris Tolenada-Gyzelle Sy setter combo gives Pocari unique advantage

Former PSL top overall pick Iris Tolenada is ready to strut her stuff in the Shakey’s V-League, especially with setter Gyzelle Sy leaving Pocari Sweat for Army in a couple of months. 

Starting ahead of Sy in the Lady Warriors’ bounce-back win over Coast Guard in the Reinforced Conference, the Filipino-American playmaker admitted there was a bit of pressure suiting up for the Open Conference champs.

“It’s not something I can’t handle,” she said of the hype surrounding her. “The pressure is always there, but my job as a setter is to just run the offense, give the hitters hittable ball and to help compose the team.”

As it currently stands, Pocari has the luxury of fielding 2 starting-caliber setters — something that Tolenada believes is a big advantage for the Lady Warriors as they aim to complete a double this year.

“The difference is that the ball touches our hands at different points. Since Gy is smaller, the ball is gonna take a little time to travel to the hitters whereas me I’m taller, it’ll come out a little bit faster,” she said.

“I think it’s a great advantage for us. It’s good advantage to have two different kinds of setters so that we learn from each other,” she added. — By John Chester Fajardo


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