by Anabelle San Pedro
Even armies lose courage sometimes.
After getting swept by the Philippine national team, 25-16, 25-17, 25-17, Smart-Army Giga Hitters team captain Ging Balse-Pabayo admitted that some of her teammates failed to put their brave faces on during their 2018 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitationals Cup friendly match on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
The national team dominated all three frames; most of the attacks came former NU Lady Bulldog Jaja Santiago, who posted 15 markers. Mylene Paat added nine, while MJ Phillips and Maika Ortiz chipped seven points apiece.
Smart-Army was still able challenge the national team come third set as they were able to come as close to within five, 15-10. Their efforts, however, were all for naught as the national team drew successful attacks from twin towers Jaja and Dindin Manabat-Santiago.
“Bumitaw kami nung nando’n na sana,” Balse-Pabayo described the team’s performance to Fox Sports PH. “Siguro ‘yun lang talaga maipakita namin na laro ngayon.”
The former UST Golden Tigress also thought that they were a bit lax in today’s game, and that some of the Hitters might have been intimidated by the national team stars.
“Wala sa sarili lumaban siguro nando’n ‘yung takot . Yung parang gusto mong lumaban pero ayaw nung iba,” the team captain added.
“Di lang naman isa o dalawa ang dapat gagawa. Dapat talaga buong team ‘yung naglalaro. Nawala ‘yung tiwala nila sa sarili.”