Philippine Daily Inquirer

LO­CAL IN­VOLVE­MENT KEY TO TWO PVL SEMI­FI­NAL DE­CIDERS

- @mar­creyesINQ By Marc An­thony Reyes

Paymaya coach Roger Go­rayeb also knows what three other coaches in the Pre­mier Vol­ley­ball League Re­in­forced Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals are plan­ning on do­ing: Get the lo­cals in­volved.

The vet­eran men­tor said the key to suc­cess in their Game 3 match-up with BanKo Per­las would be the sup­port their home­grown tal­ents would give their re­li­able im­ports.

“I told the lo­cals to do their job and not just rely on the im­ports,” said Go­rayeb, “I told Greth­cel and the oth­ers that if she can’t at­tack and re­ceive, the oth­ers will take care of of­fense.”

Soltones re­sponded in a big way, dump­ing 22 points, in­clud­ing four in the fifth set, to power the High Fly­ers over the Per­las Spik­ers in Game 2 and ex­tend the best-of-three se­ries to the dis­tance.

Per­las coach Dong dela Cruz also lamented the lack of out­put from his lo­cals as Kia Bright and Ju­tarat Mon­trip­ila took the scor­ing chores, com­bin­ing for 58 points.

The same thing holds in the other semis duel between Cream­line and Po­cari Sweat-Air Force.

Win­ners in the two Game 3s Fri­day will vie for the champi- on­ship which will also be a be­stof-three af­fair.

In forc­ing Game 3, the Cool Smash­ers needed a com­bined 33 points from their su­per­stars Alyssa Valdez and Michelle Gum­abao, lift­ing some of the bur­den from Kut­tika Kaew­pin and Laura Schaudt.

“Ev­ery­body wanted to win, and worked hard to achieve it,” said Valdez. “We ac­tu­ally talked about our Game 1 loss and we made the ad­just­ments. We showed that in Game 2 and we hope to sus­tain it in the do-or­die.”

The Lady War­riors, on the other hand, were led by star Myla Pablo.

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