RC Cola-Army coach Kung Fu Reyes said he would use the long PSL break to get his imports back to playing form.
Unimpressed after the Lady Troopers had to work hard for a 4-set win over Generika, the veteran mentor admitted his foreign reinforcements are still not 100% yet.
Middle blocker Hailie Ripley had 13 points while outside hitter Keirra Holst posted 9 for Army in their Grand Prix debut.
“Medyo malayo pa kami sa katotohanan,” Reyes stressed. “Kailangan namin mag double time kasi medyo matagal na yung pahinga namin e. Especially dun sa mga import, wala pa dun sa playing weight, sa playing mode nila. Hindi pa ganun yung tipong magugulat ka.”
“Tutulungan namin sila dun sa physical conditioning na tinatawag namin. Medyo matagal-tagal naman yung break, thankful kami dun. At least meron pa kaming 2-3 weeks preparation para sa physical conditioning ng mga imports,” he added.
Even before the tournament started, Reyes said he already challenged his imports to step up, but shared he wasn’t satisfied with their opening-game performance.
But with more time to prepare, he hopes to develop the team’s chemistry for them to be able to contend with the PSL’s top guns.
“Kung pano maglaro si Army, kailangan nilang i-adapt talaga. Definitely napakalaking tulong nung dalawang import samin especially when it comes to blocking. Dun sa mga local naman pwede naman kaming umiskor dun e kung di nila kaya. Pero yung block, iba talaga kasi yung malaki. Dun lang kami natatalo e,” he said.
“Patibayan nalang syempre ng local tsaka pagalingan nalang kami ng setter. This time medyo malalim yung bench.” — By Joyce Palad