Motolite coach after win over Balipure: ‘Still not in our top form’

While they clinched a comfortable spot in the upper half of the team standings, Motolite head coach Godfrey Okumu refuses to let his team slack off.

According to the coach, his players still have a lot to work on despite their back-to-back wins as he is still unsatisfied with their performance today.

“I still feel we’re not in our top form. We have to work on improving our speed, jumping power, and strength,” Okumu said.

Motolite snatched their second straight win after dismantling the Balipure Water Defenders in straight sets, 25-9, 25-20, 25-19, earlier in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

After cruising along in their opening salvo win, Motolite struggled as they seemed to lose rhythm in the latter part of the next two sets, only managing to turn their game around when it mattered most to take the victory.

Team veteran Myla Pablo led the squad anew, finishing as the only double-digit scorer with 12 points.

While Okumu felt happy with their back-to-back wins, he still wants to push his players more as they continue to face issues on consistency and maintaining their lead.

In the late second and third sets, Motolite held large leads over Balipure but let the score slip. It was only until they went back to their usual system that they pulled away with the win.

“It feels good to win two games in a row, even though we still need to work on a few things—sometimes we lead, and then we let the opponents close in,” Okumu said.

 

“We don’t have a problem with closing—our problem is the rallies. If we can avoid the rallies, then we’ll be able to finish. That’s how we worked in the first set—every time we get a chance ball, then we counterattack,” he added.

The head coach also credited the Water Defenders for their performance today, noting their strong service game that got Motolite in trouble.

“Balipure really played well today—they’re not an easy team to beat and play against. They’re a strong serving team. But our plan worked well and I hope that in our next game, we get the same results,” he said.

Tied at third place along with Choco Mucho with a 2-1 card, Motolite has started to jell together with the youngsters like Tots Carlos, Isa Molde, and Ayel Estranero, working with veterans Pablo, and setter Iris Tolenada.

Okumu and his squad looks to take their third straight win as they face the Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers on Wednesday.

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