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But more than winning its fourth title, it was such a sweet revenge for the Filipinos as they avenged the loss of the PSL All-Star squad in the prestigious Thai-Denmark Super League in Bangkok two weeks ago.
“Missing accomplished sa amin ito. This is our target right from day one,” said RC Cola-Army coach Kungfu Reyes, savoring his second title as coach of the Lady Troopers. “This could be our destiny — to be the champion of the PSL. We prepared hard and worked for this.”
Cocolife Head Coach Moro Branislav said their first game was an acid test since he is handling a retooled roster that drew an explosive debut from Gyra Barroga as well as Denice Tan and Justine Tiu.
“I understand that this is a new life for Cocolife. Completely different situation and different sets of players,” Branislav said.
“My new players are good but we relaxed a bit against UE and we cannot do that now since we are facing a stronger team.”
“To be honest, defending the title is never easy,” said Barroga, who is leading the HD Spikers in a four-day training camp in Baguio City where they are also set to face the men’s squad from various universities.
“But I can see the players’ willingness and determination. They treat this situation more as a challenge rather than an obstacle. We may not be as star-studded as last year, but we’re making up for it by working hard.”
With those stars gone, Barroga is pinning his hopes on seasoned spiker Rachel Anne Daquis, national pool member Mylene Paat, Janine Navarro and Rialen Sante as well as middle blockers Cherry Vivas and Shirley Salamagos, playmaker Acy Masangkay and libero Jheck Dionela.