AFTER a tumultuous elimination round campaign, Bureau of Customs hopes to be fully adjusted in the games that matters most as it plays dangerous BaliPure in today's start of Shakey's V-League Reinforced Conference semifinals at the Philsports Arena.
Skipper Alyssa Valdez knows that the Transformers’ communication inside the court will be the key if they want to prevail in the 4 p.m. opener with the Water Defenders.
“We are really working hard on that aspect,” said Valdez, who is hoping to connect well with Thai setter Natthanicha Jaisaen in time for the Final Four. “Mas titibayin rin namin yung basics like service receive and blocking.”
Customs hopes to avenge its 24-26, 21-25, 21-25 loss to BaliPure, last Oct. 12 which was the main reason why the newcomers dropped as the third-best team in the eliminations.
Jaisaen and the Transformers’ other Thai reinforcement Kanjana Kuthaisong need to get along and overcome the language barrier, that coach Sherwin Meneses simply wanted.
“Yun ang hinihintay namin, yung makipag-cooperate sa laro ng mga locals. Pare-parehas kaming nag-aadjust kasi bago ang team,” said Meneses.
Pocari Sweat hopes to ride the momentum of its strong elimination round showing as it clashes with University of Santo Tomas in the main game at 6 p.m.
The Lady Warriors topped the elims with a 6-1 record, capping their six-game win run with a 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14 victory over the Tigresses.