Coach hopes Gerflor new owner keeps team but bolsters roster with key players
MANILA, Philippines — Gerflor ended its Premier Volleyball League (PVL) journey with a winless record in 11 games before a new owner takes charge next season.
Despite a winless record with 16 straight losses including the team’s stint in the Invitational Conference, the Defenders coach Sammy Acaylar hopes the new management will give them another chance next season.
“I’ve been in constant contact with the good samaritan and he told me that PVL will be handling us as of now. After the game, I was told he will speak with sir Ricky Palou,” said Acaylar after their 22-25, 11-25, 10-25 loss to Cignal on Tuesday at Philsports Arena.
“I hope he continues with this team, then recruit good players from the UAAP and the NCAA. I hope he makes an offer to high caliber players. But I was told to just stay put as they will still have a meeting,” he added.
Acaylar admitted his team had been really affected by their financial issues with the team management, which allegedly didn’t pay the full salaries of its members.
“For three games, I was able to see they were still able to give their best. Although we didn’t win, I saw the potential in my players. We were lacking in training and with our sponsor abandoning us, there’s a big psychological effect.” the veteran coach said.
“With the help of PVL, the players were able to calm down and focus on their game. They played hard and you can see how they’re putting up a good fight.”
After a winless stint, Acaylar remained proud of his players, who continued to fight amid the management woes.
With their future in the new management still up in the air, the Gerflor coach encourages his wards to stay in shape and continue developing their game.
“I’m proud because II did my job as a coach and as part of their family… I’m happy I was able to help them. I told them if they’re going to continue their passion to play volleyball, then they should continue training.
“Why? Because there are a lot of other up and coming players. There a lot of players who want to play. If you’re not able to maintain yourself, your performance will dip.”