In a game plagued by controversial officiating, expect the duo of Tots Carlos and Isa Molde to provide both the scoring and the leadership for Motolite.
Amid crucial calls that both Motolite and the Choco Mucho Flying Titans contested, the Diliman stalwarts reminded their squad to remain calm and maintain focus of their end goal.
“For me, hindi namin control ‘yung mga ganoong bagay, so control lang namin ‘yung mga sarili namin,” Carlos said.
Motolite charged to their sixth win after surviving the Flying Titans in five sets, 25-27, 15-25, 25-18, 25-17, 18-16, earlier in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.
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After starting slow in the first two sets, Motolite regained rhythm with Carlos and Molde at the helm of their offensive arsenal as they took the next two sets to force a decider.
However, the fifth set saw drama after controversial officiating by the referees, which Motolite head coach Godfrey Okumu–who was earlier given a yellow card in the third set–pointed out to be ‘frustrating’.
Some calls that Motolite argued included two attacks by Carlos that were both called check ball by the linesmen but overruled by the referees, and the contested overreaching by Arianna Angustia over setter Iris Tolenada. The latter was given a yellow card after arguing the non-call.
After Motolite eventually emerged victorious in their second straight five-setter, Molde lauded the squad for basing on experience and handling the situation well.
“Nasa amin na kung paano namin iha-handle ‘yung ganon. Sa training namin, pina-practice namin ‘yung ganoon, na minsan si coach nagre-referee tapos bigla siyang tatawag ng bad call,” the open spiker said.
Carlos and Molde became Motolite’s one-two punch anew as they registered 23 points each, with the former also recording a triple-double performance. The duo also came through in their previous five-set win against the Banko Perlas Spikers as they registered 29 and 24 points respectively.
Motolite – Choco Mucho stats
– Five double digit scorers for Motolite, w/ Carlos & Molde with 23 points each. Molde also with a triple-double
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Amid controversial officiating, Carlos reminded her team to shake it off and instead make adjustments inside the court in order to win the game.
“We have to deal with it pero kailangan may mga changes din kami sa loob. Sabi nga ni coach, kailangan lumaban talaga kami,” Carlos said.
Still playing without Myla Pablo who suffered a midfoot injury, Motolite showed another total team effort with five players finishing in double digits and Tolenada dishing out 46 excellent sets.
The UP standouts commended the squad for rising up to the occasion and coming together with the absence of their top scorer.
“Maganda na kasi yung chemistry ng team e, so kung wala yung isa, kailangan naming punan yung isa. Sabi rin ni coach, hindi na pwedeng mawalan pa kami kasi sakto na lang kami–kung gusto namin ‘yung game, kailangang trabahuhin talaga,” Carlos said.
“Kahit wala naman si game si Ate Myla, nandiyan pa rin siya para makausap at mag-support sa amin e. Minsan tinitignan ko siya tapos doon niya sinasabi ‘yung instructions niya,” Molde added.
With the win, Motolite stands on second place with a 6-2 record and looks to continue their winning ways as they face the Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers on Wednesday.