Nirerespeto lang namin ang desisyon ni coach -- Carlos
Sinasabi lang namin na we play for the school and for each other naman eh. Adjust lang kami -- UP skipper Diana Carlos
University of the Philippines is looking for a fresh start and is slowly moving on after the departure of head coach Jerry Yee.
“Kami nirerespeto lang namin ang desisyon ni coach,” said Lady Maroons team captain Diana Carlos after UP’s 25-20, 25-9, 25-13, win over Technological Institute of the Philippines on Monday in Group B of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Yee resigned from his post after four seasons with the Diliman-based squad two weeks ago. The mentor first announced his resignation through his Facebook account last July 15 but returned to the team as the Lady Maroons participated in the PVL Open Conference.
Yee, who is also the head coach of Hope Christian School, came in as a replacement for Jarod Hubalde in Season 76 and helped improve the Lady Maroons’ volleyball program.
He brought in blue chip recruits including Carlos and Isa Molde in Season 78 where UP ended a 13-year Final Four drought. Molde eventually won the season’s rookie of the year award.
UP in Season 79 came in as one of the top title contenders and backed it up with four straight wins including an upset against eventual champion De La Salle Universty. But the Lady Maroons stumbled midway in the season and lost top libero Pia Gaiser to a season-ending knee injury.
UP finished the season at fifth spot with a 7-7 record.
The squad has yet to name Yee's replacement.
“Nandyan pa naman sina coach Rald (Ricafort) at coach Kate (De Lara) so basically mayroon pa rin namang nagga-guide sa amin,” said Carlos. "Kami nirerespeto lang namin ang desisyon ni coach.”
The incoming third year player added that the team remains focused in the tournament and in its build up for the next UAAP season.
“’Yun pa rin namang iniwan na drills at rotations ni coach Jerry pa rin naman ang ginagamit naming,” she said. “Ina-apply lang namin kung ano ang kailangang i-improve at kung ano ang kailangang i-adjust.”
“Sinasabi lang namin na we play for the school and for each other naman eh. Adjust lang kami,” Carlos added. “Kung ano ang nandyan go lang kasi hindi naman namin control yun eh.”
The Lady Maroons improved its record to 1-1 and bounced back from a painful five-set loss to Adamson University in their tournament opener.
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