Focus and winning attitude needed for Petro Gazz’s title campaign, says coach

After starting the tournament on a bad note, Petro Gazz head coach Arnold Laniog needs unwavering focus and a winning mindset from his players in order to win their second consecutive title in the league.

The Petro Gazz Angels snatched their first win after dismantling the Balipure Water Defenders in straight sets, 25-22, 25-18, 25-16, earlier in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

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After a close opening set, the Angels played poised in the succeeding two sets with their usual low-fast offense working wonders for their cause.

Middle blocker Jeanette Panaga headlined Petro Gazz’s win this time around, finishing as the lone double-digit scorer with 16 points.

It was a strong bounce-back victory for the Angels who dropped their opening game against Banko Perlas Spikers in four sets.

Head coach Arnold Laniog attributed their previous showing to the squad’s lack of focus and winning mindset — this despite clinching its first championship in the previous Reinforced Conference.

“Last time, makikita mong off talaga and hindi totally maka-focus sa ginagawa, kaya ganun kadami ‘yung errors nila. This time, nag-eerror pero acceptable,” Laniog said.

While lapses are sometimes inevitable, the head coach said he keeps reminding his players to work as one unit now that they have to face the competition without their foreign reinforcements.

Laniog also added that while getting wins are premium in their campaign, putting in the work and showing persistence are more important to him.

“This time, expected na namin na mangyayari’t mangyayari talaga ‘yung ganung bagay na parang wala sa sarili o nagkakapaan. All-Flipino na e, wala nang kakapitan,” he said.

 

“Ang priority ko lang talaga ay kung paano tayo maglaro. Of course sa management side, gusto ng panalo, pero for me, ang panalo is nandiyan lang—ang pinakaimportante ay kung paano namin tatrabahuhin,” Laniog added.

The Angels look to clinch back-to-back wins as they face their previous title rivals Creamline Cool Smashers on Saturday.

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