MANILA, Philippines – Pacifictown Army import Olena Lymareva-Flink did not hide the fact that her team's heartbreaking Game 1 semis loss to the Creamline Cool Smashers hit her hard.
"Yeah, of course it's very disappointing. But still, I will tell myself that I will try to step over this, because I am so like.. emotional player, and it can hit me sometimes quite hard," said Lymareva-Flink.
"But I try to support myself, I try to support my team that we will just step up and we will go from that."
The Ukranian import single-handledly lifted her team with 31 points off 25 attacks, 4 aces, and 2 blocks.
Her efforts evidently kept the match alive, especially in the 3rd set, but they were not enough for the Lady Troopers to draw first blood in the best-of-three semifinals.
"Really, I don't know, just like sometimes we are playing, everything working good, everything working better and better. But after that, it just stopped and at some moment, everybody just got stuck – balls breaking down between two players," the import said of her team's execution down the stretch.
Nonetheless, the Ukranian spiker received decent help from Honey Royse Tubino and fellow import Jenelle Jordan, who chipped in 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Lymareva-Flink hopes that the team will get back on track by harnessing their strength on floor defense in Game 2 on Saturday, July 6, at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
"We need to push more, we need to defend more, because in our regular season, we've been like best defensive team for the stats and everything, but we just didn't show that." – Czarina Brozo/Rappler.com