Balipure coach hopes start of winning culture after five-set victory over Air Force

Experiencing one loss after another, BaliPure head coach Rommel Abella breathed a sigh of relief after his team finally took their first win after thirteen games.

It was a much-needed win for the coach, who wanted to uplift his players and give them the confidence to believe they can actually keep up with the competition.

“Sobrang nakaka-relieve, kasi gusto-gusto kong manalo para sa mga players. Alam ko kung gaano kalaki ‘yung sinasakripisyo nila at pinapagod every training,” Abella said.

The BaliPure Water Defenders woke up from their twelve-game losing streak this season after surviving the Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers in five sets, 26-24, 16-25, 25-19, 17-25, 17-15, earlier in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Tied at 15-all in the decider, the Water Defenders showed how much they wanted the win with team captain Grazielle Bombita delivering a crosscourt kill and forcing Air Force to commit an attack error.

Abella praised his players for displaying heart in the fifth set, singling out Bombita, who tallied 23 big points for the Water Defenders despite struggling with cramps all throughout the game.

“Nung fifth set, it showed the heart of the players, especially si Grace–nakita nating nagca-cramps na siya pero she fought through it, so I applaud her effort,” the head coach said.

Better days seem to be ahead for the Water Defenders, who failed to clinch a single win in the previous Reinforced Conference.

With thirteen games left in the tournament, Abella hopes their victory earlier sparks a winning culture long overdue for the Water Defenders.

“Sabi naman namin sa girls [and] even the management, we just need one win. Kailangan lang namin ng platform para malaman namin na kaya naming mag-compete dito. Hopefully, ‘yung momentum ng panalo na ‘to, madala namin sa susunod na game,” Abella ended.

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