by Nica Rhiana Hanopol
Generika Ayala Lifesavers libero Kat Arado successfully put pressure on the forceful offense of the Petron Blaze Spikers to deliver her team into a 3-1 record in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitationals.
Arado snipped every volleyball possible for her squad, tallying 42 excellent digs and 19 excellent reception in a thriller five-set match, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 31-33, 15-11.
“Ako as a libero, sabi ko go lang, galawin niyo lang kung ano yung galaw niyo, cocover ako kahit anong mangyari,” Arado told Fox Sports PH in a post-game interview.
She also admitted that the team felt the fatigue during the crucial third set, where they entered into three match points in the deuce but still failed to close out.
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“Babad eh, so andun yung pagod. Pero buti na lang talaga nagaadjust nang nagaadjust yung bawat isa,” she said.
“Kaya pagdating ng fifth set, easy na lang. Hindi na kami natataranta, yung enjoyment nandun na.”
Coach Sherwin Meneses also owed their steady defense to his talented open spikers who also give an extra hand to Arado in receiving the ball.
This allowed their setter April Ross Hingpit to distribute points evenly to the hitters given her career-high 43 excellent sets.
“Advantage lang talaga namin yung mga open hitter namin na magagaling talagang magdefense at magreceive. Yung puntos, kung sino yung matapang na magbibigay sa break,” Meneses said.
Arado echoed the same thoughts and praised her teammates for making her job easier during difficult breaks.
“Pag crucial at kailangan namin defense, andiyan na yung teammates ko, kaya hindi na ako masyadong pagod,” said the former University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) rookie of the year and best libero.
She got ample support from open spiker Fiola Ceballos, who was also a force to be reckoned with as she tallied 22 excellent digs and 16 excellent receptions, atop her 11 spikes and two aces.
Generika is now waiting in line to finish on top of the preliminaries and secure a semifinals spot in the Invitationals after the match between F2 Logistics Cargo Movers (2-0) and UP United Auctioneers (0-2).
(Photo Courtesy of Philippine Superliga)