It has been over a month since Petro Gazz began life without its high-scoring reinforcements of Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson.
So far, the Angels are faring well in the 2019 PVL Open Conference.
Behind middle blockers Jeanette Panaga and Cherry Nunag, the Reinforced conference champions are keeping up with the rest of the league with an even 2-2 slate.
Given this, he calls on his wards to step up to the plate.
“‘Yun nga, ang tsina-challenge ko sa mga heavy hitters, siya [Jovelyn Prado], si Paneng [Mercado], si [Jonah] Sabete, si Cai [Baloaloa] and si [Klarisa] Abriam. ‘Yun ang challenge sa amin na yung middle natin nakaka-contribute ng double digit every game,” Laniog shared.
“As much as possible dapat mas makita natin ang mga heavy hitters mas maka-contribute ng at least double digits dahil mas marami silang bola,” he added.
On Thursday, an immediate response came from the troika of Prado, Sabete, and Mercado.
In Petro Gazz’s three-set conquest of the fatigue-stricken PacificTown–Army, Prado backstopped Panaga, who finished with a game-high 13 points. She supplied 12 markers — off nine attacks and two aces — to go along with eight excellent receptions.
Meanwhile, Sabete and Mercado chipped nine points apiece. The former had three blocks while the latter poured in nine attacks on top of nine excellent receptions.
There is no question that the Angels have lost a lot of firepower following the departure of their reinforcements, but Prado bared that the Angels are eager to fulfill Laniog’s challenge.
“Ina-accept lang po namin ang challenge ni coach kasi sabi din naman po nila na wala kaming aasahan, kami-kami na lang po ang naglalaro sa loob. Kung ano po ang ini-expect nila sa amin, ginagawa na lang namin,” Prado said.
“Malaking kawalan po sa amin ang imports namin. Kung hindi ako mag-pupursige pa mas lalo pa kaming mababaon.”