Kungfu Reyes believes veteran-laden Lady Troopers can keep up with younger competition

Facing a lot of younger opponents in this tournament, Pacifictown Army head coach Kungfu Reyes hopes the Lady Troopers still give the other teams tough competition. 

The Lady Troopers started their campaign on a positive note as they overpowered the Balipure Water Defenders in four sets, 25-20, 25-16, 24-26, 25-23, earlier in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Pacifictown Army opened the tournament in strong fashion, quickly snatching the first two sets for an early two-set advantage.

After losing rhythm in the crucial part of the third set against the Water Defenders, the Lady Troopers regrouped quickly in the fourth set as they survived a late-game comeback by Balipure to take their first win.

Foreign reinforcements Jenelle Jordan and Olena Lymareva-Flink led the onslaught for Pacifictown Army with 15 points each.

After losing the third set, Reyes told his team to take the succeeding set if they want to clinch victory today, noting the Lady Troopers could have faced trouble with a longer game given their composition.

“First sets, kontroladong-kontrolado namin, pero ‘yung third set, ‘yung breaks of the game, iyon ang medyo mabigat sa amin once mag-extend ‘yung set. Kailangan naming i-maximize na kung kaya naming tapusin ng three sets, tatapusin namin,” the head coach said.

With their pool mainly consisting of players relatively older compared to the rest of the league, Reyes said their goal as of now is to assess where they stand in the competition and see if they can keep up with their younger opponents.

“Ang tinitignan namin, kung nasaan na ‘yung level ng laro namin–kasi nasa prime na ng career ‘yung mga bata, e kami medyo pa-garahe na kami nang kaunti. Ang tinitignan namin ngayon, kung kaya naming sumabay sa kanila at kung kaya namin i-maximize ‘yung talent namin, kasi very holistic ‘yung preparation namin dito e,” the head coach said.

Veterans Royse Tubino and Mary Jean Balse-Pabayo play for the Lady Troopers alongside with the returning Jovelyn Gonzaga, who scored eight points in her comeback game after nursing an injury.

With seasoned players on his team, Reyes said the Lady Troopers approach every game with a mindset of finishing quickly and playing efficiently as a way of maximizing their advantage.

“Ang ini-implement namin, gain with no pain, para pagdating sa laro, at least 85 to 90 percent physically prepared kami. Pero skill-wise, seasoned players na ‘tong mga ‘to e, alam na nila kung paano didiskarte,” the head coach said.

Facing defending champions Creamline Cool Smashers in their next game, Reyes said the team will make the necessary adjustments to keep up with their opponents and show them tough competition.

“At least makikita pa namin ‘yung laro ni Creamline and si Jenelle din maka-adapt sa Asian volleyball. Magpe-prepare naman kami sa Creamline–maaaring new system, kung kaya namin sumabay sa kanila,” the head coach ended.


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