Nicole Tiamzon on comeback over Army: ‘Kailangan naming labanan ang frustration’

After dropping the first two sets in disappointing fashion, team captain Nicole Tiamzon knew the BanKo Perlas Spikers had nothing to lose in their first game of the bronze medal series.

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Going all out from then on, the Perlas Spikers completed their comeback after surviving the Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers in five sets, 25-27, 10-25, 27-25, 26-24, 16-14, earlier in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Drawing first blood in the series, BanKo came together and pulled off wins in the next two tightly-contested sets to force an extension.

Facing one deadlock after another, the Perlas Spikers held on at the latter part of the fifth set, winning the game after an attack error by Army ace Royse Tubino.

Five players scored double digits for BanKo, with Tiamzon leading the way with 18 points and Thai reinforcement Sutadta Chuewulim with 15.

The team captain admitted their frustration over their bad start, with the Perlas Spikers losing the hotly-contested first set and dropping the second set in lackluster fashion.

It was when BanKo started to take off the pressure that they started to gain rhythm, with Tiamzon adding that their frustration hindered them from performing at their best.

“We needed to get through it, ‘yung frustration nung first set na hindi namin nakuha and sa second set na hindi man lang kami nakaikot. Kailangan naming i-cut ulit iyon tapos mag-reset,” Tiamzon said.

 

“Kailangan naming labanan ‘yung frustration kasi kapag hindi namin nilabanan, kami rin ‘yung magha-hatakan pababa,” she added.

Despite their victory, Tiamzon knows the Perlas Spikers have so much to work on especially on their character inside the court, given that they barely escaped the Lady Troopers who gave them a hard time.

“Kung mapapansin niyo, come-from-behind lahat ng panalo, so talagang patibayan ng loob. Sabi namin, ibigay na natin lahat talaga kasi wala na rin namang mawawala sa atin,” Tiamzon said.

 

“Veteran team sila e, so we really expect na pukpukan kami for third place. Magta-training ulit kami kasi sobrang cardiac talaga ‘yung nangyari–kung kaya naming mauna, unahan na namin,” she added.

Tiamzon and the Perlas Spikers look to secure their third straight bronze medal finish in Game Two against Pacifictown Army on Saturday.

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