Invoking memories from Season 76, Ateneo skipper Maddie Madayag says that the team needs to revisit the effort of the first Ateneo championship team in order for them to even have a crack at second-seeded FEU in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball semifinals Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Also from the first time since that season, Ateneo did not conclude the eliminations with a top-two standing, courtesy of FEU's four-set victory against NU and the dominating La Salle win Sunday afternoon.
"Not naman unfamiliar [territory]. Cause ano, [the team has] been here [Season] 76 pataas. We're hoping na ganoon din yung lalaruin namin. Of course we're not going to be complacent kasi ang lakas ng FEU ngayon eh, pataas sila eh."
Despite not featuring a player from that storied run to the school's first title, Madayag hopes the team could stay focused as they have an entire week to prepare for the do-or-die game.
Even she could only wonder why the team could not translate the things they have done in training, and vowed to take note of coach Tai Bundit's post-game speech for them.
"[Bundit] was like, remember, I told you nung after first round to change your mind kasi ganoon yung na learn namin sa NU-FEU 'di ba? So he was like, after noong FEU nakalimutan niyo uli na, parang ganoon."
Even though they lost miserably against La Salle, the captain assured that spirits are high heading into the semifinals matchup, as long as the team continues to employ Bundit's 'happy, happy' and heartstrong mentality.
With that said, the fourth-year middle blocker says the team has moved on and need to find the team that won five straight to start the second round.
"For us, I guess kailangan naming mag regroup. And we need to... Andoon naman yung focus talaga. Parang nawawala lang sa training. So yun lang. Kailangan lang namin magbago ng mindset."
She then assured that the team is still focused in bring home their third championship.
"Puso? Not really the heart cause we want to win naman. But yun nga, mind-set lang talaga."
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