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For Adachi, Petron has no time for complacency

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The defending champioins, the Petron Blaze Spikers are 2-1, three games into the 2015 Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix. After dropping their opening game against the Cignal HD Spikers, Petron has won their last two games to remain on top of the standings. Despite the recent success of the team, setter Erica Adachi believes that the team has a long way to go before they can start celebrating.

Adachi shared with Tiebreaker Times that the loss to Cignal was an eye-opener for the team. After taking a 2-0 set lead, Petron was caught off-guard by the intensity of Cignal’s imports, Ariel Usher and Amanda Anderson. Looking back at the loss, Adachi feels that the loss was good for the team.

“It’s better to lose in the first game than in the end because it’s a different tournament now. It’s not like last year, the other teams are different. We don’t really know the other imports, and we’re just getting to know them” shared Adachi. ” I think the loss was kind of good for us. It helped us realize that maybe we aren’t the best team in the tournament. Everyone is really competing, so it’s equal for all the teams. I think it was good for us to lose and realize that we have to work harder.”

Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times For Adachi, Petron has no time for complacency

Petron then went on to win their next two games. They throttled the Meralco Power Spikers in straight sets for their first win of the tournament. Then, their match against the Foton Tornadoes went the distance, with Petron taking the victory in five  sets.

Despite the win over Foton, Adachi is unhappy with the way her team performed. The team’s performance has had its ups and downs, and she believes it’s because the team hasn’t been able to focus on the task at hand.

“It’s just I know that the girls can do better, and I know that I can do better also. I know my team and I know we can do much better. I feel like sometimes we just lose our minds and think of other things. We need to focus.”

Adachi then shared that being last year’s Grand Prix champion comes with the responsibility to be able to bring their A game every single day.

“We have to realize that the other teams are working too, you know? We have to work harder because we were the winners last tournament. We need to focus more and work harder than the other teams because they all want to beat us,” Adachi ended.

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