Denden Lazaro on Cocolife’s four-game slump: ‘We need to step up’


by: Denver del Rosario

For defensive ace Denden Lazaro, the Cocolife Asset Managers badly need to elevate their game in order to end their losing ways in the 2018 PSL All Filipino Conference.

The Asset Managers still couldn’t seem to find their rhythm as they succumbed to the Smart Giga Hitters in five sets, 16-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-23, 11-15, earlier at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

While they managed to force the match to a decider, Cocolife struggled to put up with Smart’s onslaught midway into the set, eventually losing the game and registering their fourth straight loss in the tournament.

Lazaro said the Asset Managers continue to suffer from their lack of composure, stressing the need to improve their team’s chemistry.

“Nakakababa ng morale, especially in games like this and that game against Cignal, both five-setter matches that we could’ve won,” Lazaro said. “Kulang pa yung gelling namin compared to our opponents, and that’s what we need to work on.”

Leading Cocolife’s losing effort was Kalei Mau who finished the game with a triple-double performance with 25 points, including 21 attacks, 15 excellent digs, and 27 excellent receives.

For Lazaro, who registered stellar defensive numbers herself with 72 percent and 67 percent in the digging and receiving departments, respectively, the Asset Managers need to raise their firepower as the team’s scoring arsenal have been carried mostly by Mau.

She further added that the team needs to get their plays going as the coaching staff pointed out that they were able to set up play but couldn’t produce points.

“We can’t just rely on one person. Our middle players have been doing well, and our other outside hitters need to step up,” Lazaro said.

With three remaining games left in the first round, the defensive ace hopes that the Asset Managers will fix their problems and bounce back from their four-game slump.

“We just need to improve sa simple things lang — our simple errors, lack of communication, and yung maturity namin,” Lazaro said.

(Image from PSL)
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