Tayo ang nagkulang -- SSC-R coach Roger Gorayeb
Mark Escarlote on Jan 28, 2016 08:16 PM
Sabi ko sa kanila wala kayong dapat ikalungkot. Wala kayong ikasasama ng loob -- Gorayeb
San Sebastian College head coach Roger Gorayeb told his players to keep their heads up after another heartbreaking championship loss.
The Lady Stags entered the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage but were beaten three times in four championship games by the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers.
CSB defeated SSC-R in the title decider, 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22, of the 91st NCAA women’s volleyball Finals Thursday to capture its first-ever crown since joining the league in 1998 while extending the title drought of the Lady Stags to five years.
“Sabi ko sa kanila wala kayong dapat ikalungkot. Wala kayong ikasasama ng loob. Nakakahinayang pero alam n’yo sa bawat isa sa inyo na hindi n’yo naibigay ‘yung mga dapat n’yong ibigay,” said Gorayeb, who steered SSC-R to 22 of its 23 titles overall.
The multi-titled mentor also praised College of St. Benilde’s valiant effort amid great odds. The Taft-based squad survived elimination in the knockout semifinals by hurdling No. 3 seed Perpetual Help before dethroning Arellano University to advance in the Finals against SSC-R, also last year’s runner up.
“Kailangang ibigay natin sa CSB ang papuri dahil ginawa naman nila ang dapat nilang gawin. Tayo ang nagkulang,” said Gorayeb.
“Pero sabi ko, ‘Nagkulang tayo, hindi natin ikakahiya ‘yan. ‘Yun nga lang konsensiya n’yo na lang na iisipin n’yo na kasi hindi ako naglaro, na dapat ganito, dapat ganoon. Nandoon na yun e,’” he added. “Kaya ang sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Dapat sa susunod hindi na ganyan. Dapat all out kayo lalo na kapag championship. Nothing to be ashamed off. Huwag kayong magtatampo. Proud pa rin dapat kayo sa achievement n’yo.’”
Gorayeb, who is also the national team coach, lauded the team’s achievement this season despite their lack of height and fire-power with only back-to-back Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones providing most of their offense.
SSC-R advanced to the championship round outright after sweeping the 9-game eliminations.
“Maganda para sa akin ang nilaro namin na ganyan. Kumbaga kulang lang sa asin, kulang lang sa tao. ‘Yung height factor wala sa amin,” he said. “Si Grethcel walang matibay na diagonal talaga. 'Yun pa rin ang kulan naming. At least ang setter ko natututo na rin. May kulang pa, sana mahanap ko ‘yung kaunti na ‘yan.”
The Lady Blazers shocked SSC-R in the series opener, 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 25-13, before turning the tables around in Game 2 as they buried the Lady Stags, 25-23, 21-25, 25-22. SSC-R forced the decider with a 25-22, 25-19, 26-28, 25-23 Game 3 escape last Tuesday.
Gorayeb’s only regret was for his players that exhausted their playing eligibility. Trisha Crisostomo, Jonah Corpuz and Jolina Labiano played their last game in the collegiate league.
“Proud pa rin ako sa mga bata. Pero for me I don’t need another championship for myself. Ang gusto ko naman sila. Kasi ang mga bata, lalo na sa mga mawawala, they do not have a chance to become champion next year kasi wala na sila. But ako I’m still here, I still have a chance,” he said. “Naawa ako sa kanila lalo na sa mga ga-graduate. Kung nakuha sana nila ngayon, e di sana before sila mag-graduate nakapag-uwi sila ng (championship) trophy.”
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