NCAA Final Four: CSB fails to recover in collapse vs Perpetual

Philip Matel on Jan 22, 2019 07:49 PM
NCAA Final Four: CSB fails to recover in collapse vs Perps
The top-seeded team lost their advantage which they worked hard for throughout the season in less than two hours, defenseless against the targeted attacks of the fourth-seeded team.

College of Saint Benilde Lady Blazers head coach Jerry Yee rued his players' lack of urgency in  CSB's 23-25, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25 loss against University of Perpetual Help in the NCAA Season 94 Women's Volleyball Final Four.

The top-seeded team lost the advantage that they worked hard for throughout the season in just less than two hours, defenseless against the targeted attacks of the fourth-seeded team.

"Yun yung kinakatakot natin. Ayan, nangyari. Mahirap i-prepare yung mind and yung heart eh. Physical madali. Medyo mas mahirap yun," said Yee.

Yee also had choice words for his players' performance in the big stage, as they UPHSD again next Tuesday for a chance to face two-time champs Arellano in the Finals.

"Kailangan, tatanggapin na yin yung challenge. Alam na naman natin kung sino yung tinatarget nila. Syempre kailangan mo mag-step up. Semis na to eh. Di ba?"

"Meron tayong pina-practice na six, team A, team B. Ayun. Kung hindi tayo handa, hindi tayo gigil lumaban, di ano anong mangyayari? Talo. Down ka ng 2 sets then I ta-try mong habulin. So, hindi puwede yun," he added.

The Lady Blazers were in great position in the fourth set, leading by a comfortable margin, 22-14, but surrendered a 11-1 run to close and lost the game.

Yee saw some points in the game where his players seemed disconnected in the timeouts, an indication that the game was not going to be going their way. 

"Wala, tulog eh. May chance na, ayaw pa rin maniwala e. Kailangan mong maglakas ng loob para marinig ka. Baka lutang, kasi kita mo naman sa faces kung mag-rereact, kung nag-rerespond sila," lamented Yee. 

"Pero kung unresponsive sila, syempre kailangan mong gumawa ng something. Kung tumambling ka, tatambling ka."

Despite losing their twice-to-beat advantage, CSB has a great chance of bouncing back with a week's worth of preparations for the do-or-die showdown at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

"Good nga eh. Kasi medyo syempre mabigat yung loss, kumbaga we have time to recover. One week is good enough, long enough na yun. Parang ang tagal nga eh, so good yun."


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