by Anabelle San Pedro
Even armies do 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, with most attacks coming from former NU Lady Bulldog Jaja Santiago who posted 15 markers, alongside Mylene Paat who scored nine and MJ Phillips and Maika Ortiz with seven points apiece.
On the other hand, Smart-Army challenged the national team come the third-set, as the Hitters were able to catch up from a five-point deficit, 15-10. Their efforts, however, were all for naught, as the National Team pulled off successful attacks from the 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 admitted 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”.