PLDT coach Rald Ricafort has an issue. And it’s one which he likes.
The arrival of three very important cogs to backstop the Excessive Velocity Hitters within the new season of the Premier Volleyball League has not solely given him the chance to fill in for his injured stars, it has additionally given the younger coach a glut of expertise at his disposal.
Within the setter’s place alone, Ricafort may have veteran Rhea Dimaculangan and new acquisition Kim Fajardo sharing flooring time.
“Within the case of Rhea, she grew to become off in our final two video games because of an damage and it’s drawback to have her with Fajardo with us. We simply want to keep up Kim’s well being as a result of she was additionally on-off in F2 because of accidents,” Ricafort advised the Inquirer over the cellphone on Tuesday.
Other than Fajardo, hitter Kim Kianna Dy and center blocker Majoy Baron are additionally coming in to supply coach Ricafort precisely what he wants to stay contenders within the coming All-Filipino Convention.
Fajardo, Dy and Baron have been picked up from the disbanded F2 Logistics membership.
“Swak na swak naman (the important thing additions are an ideal match) … and understanding that they got here from F2, that they are going to battle,” Ricafort stated.
Accidents struck PLDT on the finish of the final All-Filipino Convention, with Erika Santos and Dimaculangan amongst those that have been hit. Star center blocker Mika Reyes, alternatively, continues to rehabilitate a recurring shoulder damage.
Dy’s addition supplies the Excessive Velocity Hitters with a number of choices in offense with Filipino-Canadian star Savannah Davison and Jules Samonte nonetheless round to compete for minutes.
“I misplaced a few of my gamers, those who will are available matches in completely … Kianna’s arrival is ideal, though Jules continues to be there however our proper facet shall be a lot stronger,” Ricafort added.
“For Majoy, Mika shall be out for someday so undoubtedly, if not higher, she (Baron) will completely take the place of Mika,” he added as PLDT ramps up its coaching forward of the upcoming season.
The Excessive Velocity Hitters narrowly missed the semifinals within the final convention with a 7-4 win-loss standing and the previous F2 cogs, who took their abilities to PLDT after the Cargo Movers determined to depart the professional league final month, shall be striving to achieve a significantly better end.
“With Sav and the [former] F2 gamers, their assist is not going to be one hundred pc technical. I believe it’s their expertise with successful, being a champion so that you gave Sav extra aggressive teammates,” he stated.
“[T]he additions that can be part of [Davison] are skilled coping with powerful conditions.” INQ