Dante Alinsunurin discovered himself in fairly a highlight as the brand new coach of a wildly widespread squad.
“The gang energizes me figuring out that Choco Mucho has a whole lot of followers,” Alinsunurin mentioned on Saturday after the Flying Titans’ rousing debut within the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Filipino Convention. “I can see my [new] workforce receives an enormous enhance from our supporters.”
Choco Mucho swept Akari, 25-15, 25-20, 25-20, at Sensible Araneta Coliseum, even with the workforce nonetheless within the strategy of sponging up his system.
“I believe [the team has absorbed] 60 to 70 p.c [of the system] however in fact, we nonetheless want to shine the issues we need to do on the courtroom,” Alinsunurin mentioned after the sport.
Fortunately for the embellished males’s coach, his new squad is open to studying.
“Nicely everybody has an open thoughts about studying the brand new system as a result of everyone knows it’s for our personal good,” mentioned Maddie Madayag, who had 11 factors to chip in to the victory. “We’re glad that we’re studying a whole lot of issues that we are able to apply to the sport.”
Like Madayag, Bea De Leon and Kat Tolentino additionally had 11 factors every for Choco Mucho because the trio of ex-Ateneo stars spoiled Dindin Santiago-Manabat’s debut as an Akari Charger.
Madayag, who suffered a left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage final August 2021 through the PVL Open Convention Bacarra bubble, shone in her first begin, hitting 9 of her 12 spike makes an attempt on high of 1 block and an ace in entrance of 9,819 followers.
“I’m very glad that coach Dante gave me a possibility for my redemption. As a result of it took some time for me to recuperate after that painful fall,” mentioned the star center blocker, who performed sparingly within the Bolstered Convention final 12 months.
“I’m very glad that I’m capable of bounce again [from my injury] on this sport. However we received’t cease from this sport, we are going to carry on working,” she added.
When Akari took a 14-13 lead within the third set, Madayag unloaded 4 straight factors to place Choco Mucho again on high, 17-15, earlier than going to the again line. She drilled a service ace to provide her workforce a commanding 20-15 lead.
Jhoana Maraguinot stopped the bleeding for the Chargers with back-to-back assaults. However De Leon restored order for the Flying Titans with two consecutive working assaults for a 22-17 benefit.
That was sufficient to set Alinsunurin up for a milestone victory.
First PVL win
“I’m grateful to my gamers and training employees as a result of we actually helped one another to get this win. This win provides me goosebumps as a result of it’s my first time to teach within the PVL,” mentioned Alinsunurin, whose wards dedicated solely 11 errors within the match.
Deanna Wong was additionally instrumental with 21 glorious units and scored three factors from two blocks. Isa Molde chipped in 10 factors, whereas Des Cheng added seven factors and had 14 glorious receptions and 9 digs to assist out libero Denden Lazaro-Revilla.
Manabat carried the cudgels of Akari with a game-high 17 factors, whereas Janine Marciano had 12 factors. The Chargers, nevertheless, gave away 23 on errors and didn’t rating a single block kill within the sport.
Madayag and the Flying Titans will now brace themselves for a tricky encounter in opposition to Petro Gazz subsequent week. The Angels at the moment are being coached by former Choco Mucho strategist Oliver Almadro.
“We’re in good phrases with coach O,” Madayag mentioned, referring to her former Ateneo coach. “We’re excited to see how he has grown as a coach and what system he’ll implement [with Petro Gazz].”
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