MANILA, Philippines – Choco Mucho coach Edjet Mabbayad said there was a heavy atmosphere in the team’s bunker after the Flying Titans’ will to win wasn’t enough to get them on the final bus ride to the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Powered Conference semifinals.
Choco Mucho delivered the final semi-final to Cignal 25-17, 22-25, 18-25, with imported Odina Aliyeva, who had just come out of the league’s health and safety protocols, and Des Cheng and Kat Tolentino to fall to the ground with injuries in the third set. , 14-25, at Philsports Arena on Tuesday.
Mabbayad, who made interim decisions in the last three games following the sudden resignation of Oliver Almadro, said his wards were determined to make it to the semi-finals, but HD Spikers imported Tai Bierria slammed the door on them. heartbreaking defeat
“Siyempre, mabigat. Talaga, siempre, talo eh. “Subrang creates a great atmosphere in the bunker,” said the Choco Mucho trainer. “Makikita mo, talagang gusto nilang manalo during that game. Pero talagang nangyari and mangyyari eh. ‘Yun lang, ‘yun ang pakiramdam nila, sobra.’
(The weather was heavy. There was a heavy atmosphere inside the bunker. They really wanted to win that match. But it had to happen.)
Mabbayad said the Flying Titans never lost their will to win, even as the HD Spikers clinched the final semi-final berth before the game ended with their third win in the third set with a 2-1 match advantage, giving them an edge to break the tie. points system.
The comeback was tough for Choco Mucho after Tolentino hurt his left knee in the third set and then Cheng had his right little finger plastered with a splint.
“I think it’s because of what happened to Kat and Des before. We didn’t expect that. Mabbayad in Filipino added a load to our game.
WATCH: Kat Tolentino hurt her left knee in the middle of the third set trying to dig up Tai Bierria’s attack. He was carried off the field by his teammates. #PVLReinforcedConference2022 | via Lance Agcaoili/Inquirer Sports
Posted by Inquirer Sports on Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Cheng was unable to come back and left with 15 points while Tolentino came in fourth but already had full control as Cignal finished with nine points. Aliyeva also struggled with an 8 on 30 offensive clip.
Despite missing the semifinals for the second conference in a row, Mabbayad was relieved that Tolentino was doing well, but according to his initial diagnosis, it looked like Cheng had a tear in the tendon of his finger.
“Kat is fine. But I think Des needs more time to heal because it looks like he has a tear in the tendon,” he said. Kat made a wrong move that just hurt her. But this is not serious. Des doesn’t need surgery. It gets better with time.”
It’s been a tough season for the Flying Titans as Aduke Ogunsanya suffers from a torn ACL at the Invitationals where the team suffered a COVID-19 outbreak that cost them games and missed the semifinals.
And in the most important game of the Strengthened Conference, health problems and injuries kept them from going to the next round.
Mabbayad said the team did not discuss what’s next for the team and their plans for next season. It could be in the coming days.
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