Rising to the top, PLDT braces itself for tough schedule ahead

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PLDT, which has risen to the top, prepares for a tough schedule ahead.

PLDT High Speed ​​Hitters of the PVL All-Filipino Conference. —Marlo Cueto

PLDT is not too happy with how their campaign is currently unfolding in the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference.

The High Speed ​​Hitters defeated Akali 25-17, 25-20, 25-19 on Tuesday, matching the toughest league leader Cream Line’s 6-1 (win-loss) record, making an onslaught right after Holy Week. Even after the set-up, the team’s journey still begins.

“We have to keep reminding the players that there are still tough games ahead,” coach Lardo Ricafort told the Filipino Inquirer.

“We need to continue to push our execution and improve the mental part of the game through practice, even though it is a long road to the competition. I want to rely on you,” he added.

The High Speed ​​Hitters’ next task will be against the hapless Strong Group, but then PLDT’s semifinal hopes will undergo a tough three-game test against giant slayer Cherry Tigo, steady performer Signal, and powerhouse Cream Line. It turns out.

And the team knows exactly how things can clear up quickly with a three-game schedule.

In the last All-Filipino Conference, PLDT got off to a 5-1 start before losing three straight to drop the High Speed ​​Hitters to the middle of the standings. Even after closing out the schedule with two consecutive wins, this fall was irreversible. .

“The best lesson”

PLDT finished in 5th place with 7 wins and 4 losses, failing to reach the final four.

“This will be the best lesson for us. We need to remind them of what happened in those games so that they can already refer to it,” said the champion coach. “Our lapses are easy to identify, so we can use that to attack similar instances and look at ways to prevent what happened last time.”

For Ricafort, competition isn’t the only thing he has to worry about. PLDT said in the press conference that he was prone to complacency and inconsistency and was unable to control his emotions at times, which are weaknesses the High Speed ​​Hitters have been working on during practice.

The high-speed hitters still have a long way to go in terms of performance, and at the moment, the young Ricafort gives the team’s preparation a rating of 6 out of 10.

“We still have a lot of catching up to do. It’s not necessarily that we’ve failed, but it’s about catching up to the level of play of the teams we’re going to play,” Ricafort said. “That’s Creamline. They have Tots Carlos. Cignal has a good play. Cherry is at its peak this time of year.”

PLDT has the weapons to take on the league’s powerhouses. Majoy Barron led the team with 13 points, and Savannah Davison added 11 points in the win over the Chargers.

More importantly, Ricafort believes the fast hitter is starting to mature.

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“Just from training, you can see that they are more patient,” Ricafort said. “Even if they are frustrated, they try to ignore it because the training level and environment are so good.” INQ

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