Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Elena Samoilenko and the PLDT High Speed ​​Beaters. –PVL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – With their semi-final chances already exhausted, PLDT importers Elena Samoilenko and the High Speed ​​Hitters finished strong in the final qualifying round against Chery Tiggo at the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Strengthened Conference Thursday at the Mall of Asia. aims to finish. Arena.

Despite playing with fading Final Four hopes, the Russian spiker is confident the High Speed ​​Hitters have what it takes to beat the Crossovers in the semi-finals at 14:30.

“Of course we need to win. And we need to work. We need good focus and good motivation. I think we can win. Samoilenko scored 27 points in his 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21 wins against Cignal on Tuesday. “After recording 11 digs and seven receptions, we win if we work well,” he said.

The 1.80 spiker, who finished 2nd on the standings with 187 points in seven games, loved the High Speed ​​Hitters showing their composure against the HD spikers, proving they have a good chance to win their final qualifying challenge.

“It was a really good game in the first set and the second set. We got good concentration. But in the third set, we were a little comfortable. Maybe we didn’t get good welcome and service. But after that (we were able to recover) and we proved that we can win,” he said.

Having suffered four consecutive losses after winning the opening, PLDT won back-to-back matches to a record of 3-4, placing fourth behind F2 Logistics, Choco Mucho and Cignal, all of whom played the same 3-sports. 3 cards.

Winning their last playoff game against Chery Tiggo doesn’t guarantee anything, but PLDT coach George Pascua wants his wards to finish the round with no regrets.

“It’s a must, because we still have a chance to win. “We will continue the fight,” Pascua said in Filipino. “I told them to finish strong because we won our first game, if we get at least one win it will be good motivation for our team.”

Whether they succeed or not, Samoilenko is grateful to be playing in PVL.

“I love all the players in our team. I love all the coaching staff. They’re really good people,” he said.

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