NCAA Final Four: San Beda ends season with lots of adjustments to make

Philip Matel on Jan 22, 2019 05:30 PM
San Beda ends season with lots of adjustments to make
"Parang okay lang naman sa amin. Parang hindi naman siya sobrang heartbreak sa amin today. It just means na mas marami pa talaga kaming ayusin. Improve pa para sa next season," Racraquin shared.

San Beda Lady Red Spikers team captain Cesca Racraquin said that the team needs to focus on more improvements in the coming offseason after a sweep by the Arellano Lady Chiefs in the NCAA Season 94 Women's Volleyball Final Four Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Red Spikers ended the season as the third seed and even spoiled the two-time defending champions' bid for an undefeated campaign with a five-set victory over them a week ago. 

For the skipper, it was a job well done for the team and added that the mood was high and appreciative in their final game of Season 94.

"Parang okay lang naman sa amin. Parang hindi naman siya sobrang heartbreak sa amin today. It just means na mas marami pa talaga kaming ayusin. Improve pa para sa next season," Racraquin shared.

She also made comparisons to their training regimen, where the team captain noted that they only practice once or not at all due to lack of venues in contrast to three times for others.

Last year's runner-ups were made the three-setter competitive, but coach Nemesio Gavino rued that his team lacked the fire in their bellies which ultimately spelled doom for them. 

"Hindi ko ineexpect na three sets lang kasi alam kong lalaban ang team ko eh. Ang naging problema, yun nga, medyo nahirapan sa adjustments ng Arellano," the mentor said. 

"Yung team ko, nag-commit ng maraming errors. End game lang naman kami nadadale kasi walang kaming tapos. All throughout the game, lumalamang naman kami. Pagdating sa dulo, nauubusan kami."

Racraquin meanwhile said that they anticipated the mind-game approach of opposing tactician Obet Javier, but to their disappointment, they got affected by the veteran's tactics.

"Parang psychological war. Nothing new na ginawa, may isang player lang na pinalitan. Pero yung play na ginawa nila parang doon talaga kami parang pinuruhan sa gitna. Yung mga combination plays. So yun, hindi na kami nakapag-adjust doon. Yun talaga ang pino-point ko, na hindi kami nakapag-adjust."

Before leaving, an accepting Racraquin congratulated her opponents for a job well done in bouncing back and for a great season thus far. 

"Kami yung hadlang sa sweep na dapat sa kanila. Gusto talaga nilang bumawi today. Na-heartbroken ata sila noong last game. Na-achieve naman nila. Happy ako for them. Sobra. Happy for them."


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