Araneta on F2 upset: ‘Consistency is key’


Consistency is the name of the game for the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers, according to Angeli Araneta.

The drought is finally over for the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers as they finally achieved their first win in the in the 2018 PSL All Filipino Conference with an upset over the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers in four sets, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16, 28-26, earlier at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

After a slow start in the opening set, the Lifesavers caught fire in the succeeding sets with their spotless floor defense and strong blocking at the net, eventually snatching the game and ending their three-game slump in the tournament.

For team captain Angeli Araneta, who finished the game with 15 points next to Patty Orendain’s 18-point performance, the victory resulted from the team’s trust and determination to end their losing ways.

“Di talaga nawalan ng tiwala yung team namin, kasi 0-3 kami and sobrang down na, pero positive pa rin kaming lahat na kahit sino namang makalaban, basta lalaruin lang namin yung dapat naming nilalaro,” Araneta said.

The former UP standout also attributed their win to the team following the game plan and playing a consistent game against a formidable Cargo Movers team.

“Yung training namin is more on blocking and floor defense,” Araneta said. “Sa service, more on target—kahit di malakas yung service, basta iwas sa libero.”

Generika’s game plan proved to be effective as their defense successfully stopped F2 Logistics from getting a service point, with Kath Arado manning the floor with a 62% reception rate—meanwhile, their heavy service game led to six aces.

Inspired by their three-game losing streak, Araneta said the team needs to continue playing steady in order to obtain more victories in the tournament.

“It’s more on sa pagkapit, kasi doon kami nawawalan minsan,” the team captain said. “We need to develop our consistency in every set, and magtutuloy-tuloy na yon basta tama yung ginagawa namin sa court.”

According to Araneta, the improbable triumph over a champion team like the Cargo Movers was a much-needed win for the Lifesavers who needed something to lift their spirits after a disappointing start.

“It’s a morale booster for us, so nalift up lahat ng iniisip namin, kasi nagooverthink na kami sa mga nangyayari, so sana eto yung big start for us,” Araneta said.

(Image from PSL)
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