There’s no need to press the panic button.
That much was assured by Kia Forte head coach, Oliver Almadro, whose team holds a 0-3 record in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference.
The newest team in the conference opened its volleyball bid with a straight set loss to Philippine Army Lady Troopers– 25-15, 25-18, 25-11. Kia Forte followed up their maiden performance with a more competitive match-up against the Philippine Navy Lady Sailors. There was marked improvement from the Forte ladies but they fell short in three sets– 25-18, 25-23, 25-21.
Asked about his team’s early struggles, Kia Forte’s head coach shared, “I can see the effort and determination of my players but we still lack cohesiveness and familiarity. It was obvious from our second game. If a team is solid, even on end games, they know what to do already. We barely had a month together so the players don’t really know the tendencies of their teammates yet.”
However, Almadro was also quick to downplay the back-to-back losses and instead wants to focus on motivating his team to get that elusive win.
“We are positive that soon, we will get our rhythm, that cohesiveness, and that drive as a team. I’m instilling in them the kind of passion and drive where you can say that this is my team and I’ll do whatever it takes for my team to be good. I always tell them to treat this team as their family, treat this team as your home.”
Almadro also revealed that he is patiently waiting for his trio of veterans to click and to get their groove back on a consistent basis.
Alexa Micek and Bang Pineda top scored for the Forte’s 1st and 2nd games, respectively but more will be expected of them as the tournament continues. Meanwhile, team captain, Angge Tabaquero, is still dealing with limited minutes and touches because of a nagging shoulder injury.
Still, their head coach is confident that these three will anchor the team’s future.
With a short conference at hand and a crucial game every time, these are the parting words that Coach Oliver will use to prepare his team, and to hopefully, get a win.
“Sometimes, it’s not about skills anymore, it’s about what you want. I told my players, if you really want this, we will win. They have to want it. It now boils down to attitude and mindset.”
Kia Forte looks to barge into the win column on October 31, 2015 as they face the still winless Philippine Coast Guard Lady Dolphins at the San Juan Arena.
You can show your support for the volleybelles of Kia Forte by catching the game live at 3:00 pm or via GMA News TV channel 11.
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