We won't let this loss affect our confidence -- Estranero
Siguro La Salle did better than we did today. And then siyempre nakapag-adjust din sila to the way we played, and siguro nahirapan kami sa pag-adjust -- UP setter Arielle Estranero
De La Salle University outclassed the University of the Philippines in their 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament rematch Sunday, plain and simple.
Lady Maroons setter Arielle Estranero admitted that the repeat-seeking Lady Spikers were hungrier and more aggressive. And it didn’t help that the Diliman-based squad was slow to react to DLSU's game as the Lady Maroons bowed down in straight sets, 25-27, 11-25, 17-25, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Siguro La Salle did better than we did today,” said Estranero, who had 23 excellent sets. “And then siyempre nakapag-adjust din sila to the way we played, and siguro nahirapan kami sa pag-adjust.”
The Lady Maroons had no answer to the Lady Spikers’ relentless attacks and missiles from the service line. Even the ‘UP Ikot’ that played a big role in the Lady Maroons’ straight sets, 22-25, 21-25, 19-25, shocker over DLSU in the first round had no effect with the focused Lady Spikers.
“Let's say, hindi kami nakapag-adjust agad sa kung ano man ang nilaro nila,” Estranero added. “It's just something that we should also learn from to help us in the next few games.”
DLSU exploited UP’s difficulty in their service receive as the Lady Spikers nailed 11 aces with six coming off Majoy Baron’s gems in the service line. The Lady Maroons also gave away 19 points off their miscues and found it hard to penetrate the defensive wall of DLSU.
“Siguro they just saw our weakness, and I guess it's something for us to keep on improving on, especially crucial and importante ‘yung first ball,” she said. “Siguro mas kailangan pa namin mag-focus doon as a team.”
After a strong 4-0 season start, the Lady Maroons lost five of their last six games for 5-5 win-loss card tied with Far Eastern University at fifth to sixth spots.
Still, Estranero saw that the team played better especially in the first set where they overhauled an early six-point deficit and even held two set points before fading in the end.
“Compared to the other games, we can say naman na we're performing better than the last few games. Mga last few games of the first round,” she said. “We're getting into a better condition right now, and sana magtuloy-tuloy for the next few games.”
UP’s last four assignments in its bid for one of the last three remaining Final Four spots are against Adamson, National University, University of Sto. Tomas and FEU.
“Hopefully we won't let this loss affect our confidence as a team,” said Estranero.
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