4 Keys To Victory For Maya To Come Back In PVL Finals

The Maya High Flyers didn’t start the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Finals on the right note, as the Creamline Cool Smashers drew first blood, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25, in their best-of-three championship series.

Group of ladies playing volleyball in front of many audience

Maya Coach Roger Gorayeb summed up his team’s performance in Game 1: “Alam mo ang problema sa amin yung nilaro namin kanina parang hindi championship yung laro namin. Parang mas maganda pa ang mga nilaro namin sa previous games, bakbakan talaga eh.”

The High Flyers barely looked like the group that finished off BanKo Perlas Pilipinas, despite being in the same position during the semis. They also had their back against the wall after the opener, before displaying resilience to win two straight games and advance to the title round versus Creamline.

If the debuting squad hopes to recover from that painful loss, beat the Cool Smashers for the first time this conference, and capture the PVL trophy in their maiden season, they should learn from their humbling defeat and make the necessary adjustments.


Up-tempo gives them the edge

“Sabi ko nga sa kanila, ‘Wag nyo sabayan ang laro,’” Gorayeb was quoted post-game. “Medyo mabagal yung laro ng Creamline kanina eh.” It’s up to Maya to hit the ground running with their high-octane assault. They shouldn’t let the Cool Smashers dictate the pace of the match, and this will only be possible with smoother execution and smarter reads. Speeding things up will only bode well for the team.

Maya volleyball lady setting a toss in front of many audience


Take care of every possession

The High Flyers giving up 29 points off errors, mostly in pivotal moments, just won’t cut it. They cannot afford to commit simple mistakes when playing against a dangerous squad like Creamline, which easily pounced on those momentum-changing lapses. Alyssa Valdez didn’t even play great (18) and still can’t be stopped. This is connected to the previous entry, particularly in having an airtight performance.

Maya volleyball lady spike the ball in front of many audience


Other High Flyers have to step up

Tess Rountree (26 in Game 1) and Grethcel Soltones (11) aren’t enough to counter the three-headed attack of Valdez, Kuttika Kaewin (19), and Laura Schaudt (13). Expect Jasmine Nabor to double the production (16 excellent sets) in her next outing. Whether it’s Jerrili Malabanan or Shelby Sullivan, Maya needs a couple of its spikers to elevate their game and carry out the needed back row attacks and combination plays.

Maya volleyball team chatting in circle


Show energy, sense of urgency

Gorayeb said in jest, “Alam mo kasi di ko malaman kung ano, para kaming nakulam.” He isn’t even exaggerating. The match was tied at 1 set apiece after the first half, but the Cool Smashers clearly looked fresher than the High Flyers the rest of the way. Case in point: the former had seven more kill blocks than the latter (12 to 5). Maya had more than two days to rest and regroup before a decisive Game 2 on Wednesday.

Maya volleyball lady spike the ball

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