Here’s why undersized Risa Sato is ‘small but terrible’ in the eyes of her coach

Risa Sato may not be explosive and tall, but the Fil-Japanese is one of the most efficient players in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference, at least in the eyes of her mentor Roger Gorayeb.

After providing quality minutes in BaliPure’s 5-set win to secure the automatic spot in the semis, Gorayeb spoke nothing but praises for his undersized middle blocker.

“Si Risa ever since ang laki ng contribution niya sa amin, sobrang laki. Hindi lang napapansin kasi syempre pag gitna lumalabas. Hindi naman si Risa yung tipo ng player na pag pumalo lumalagabog yung bola na katulad ng mga outside hitter,” Gorayeb said in the post-game interview on Tuesday.

“Hindi siya masyadong napapansin pero ako napapansin ko yung presence ni Risa, maski yung mga ibang laro ramdam na ramdam ko, ‘yung mga tao syempre ang hinahanap nila yung mga explosive na palo.”

On the night where both BaliPure and Creamline’s imports dominated game, the 5-foot-9 Sato quietly put up a solid 16-point performance.

“Si Risa hindi naman sya 6’4, 6’5 pero pag naglaro siya parang siyang 6’4, 6’5 player.  Ang ganda, ang laki ng naitutulong,” he added.

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