MANILA, Philippines – Greetshall Solton’s limited action in Final Game 2 was the silver lining of Petro Gaz’s runner-up finish at the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.
Saltons, who injured his right knee in Game 1, was able to return to action as a service specialist with a heavily plastered knee due to Petro Gaz’s 18-25, 25-15, 23-25, 16-25 strain. Champion Crimeline at the Inares Sports Center in Antipolo last Friday.
The Soltons were initially feared to have suffered a major setback, and his teammate Miley Pablo praised the former San Sebastian standout heart for helping them out in Game 2 despite the injury.
“I am really happy that his knee is only suffering from strain. Even though we all know he’s in pain, he’s still playing with his heart. He still helps our team, “said Pablo after scoring 13 points in Game 2.
After losing to Petro Gaz in the third final with the Crimline, Pablo admits that the intact core, led by Alyssa Valdez, made the difference in defeating the Angels three times at the conference, including their pool stage head-to-head.
“The Kremlin is a really tough team. They have been together for years and they have shown us that they really want to win the championship, ”he said.
The former PVL MVP, playing his second season with Petro Gaz, was grateful for their runner-up finish after returning to the series against Signals in the top-three semifinals.
“I am just happy to be in the final. We went through a lot in our practice, but we still made it even though all the teams improved and improved their list. We lost but we gave our best in Game 2, “said Pablo.
Pablo stressed that their championship push would make them better for the upcoming two PVL tournaments, the Asian Invitational in July and the Reinforced Conference in October.
“For our next conference, we need to come back stronger. We need to overcome our misconceptions and strengthen our bonds as a team. I hope that for the next conference, we will be able to get the championship for management, “he said.
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