UP ‘relieved’ with head coach Jerry Yee still staying

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 29, 2017 09:25 PM
UP ‘relieved’ with head coach Jerry Yee still staying
STAY. UP, with head coach Jerry Yee, will still be together in gearing up for the next PVL conference as well as the looming UAAP wars.

University of the Philippines salvaged a winning end to what had been a rocky campaign in the 2017 Premier League Open Conference.

Of course, head coach Jerry Yee didn’t mince words in saying that they would have wanted things to go differently. “We would’ve wanted to win more games lalo na may mga close games na nasayang,” he told reporters after their last match wrapped up on Saturday.

He then continued, “Charge it to experience na lang.”

Already needing to work with a revamped lineup now without stalwarts Kathy Bersola, Princess Gaiser, and Nicole Tiamzon, State U also needed to work with in-season drama involving their mentor.

Two weeks ago, Yee posted on his social media account that he was leaving the team.

Only four days later, he then clarified that he is still “working with the team.” “I wanted to (resign), pero ayaw pa ni dean (Ronualdo Dizer of the UP College of Human Kinetics) so sila na lang ang bahala,” he said then.

That in-season drama came at a time when UP stumbled to a 0-3 start in the tournament.

And that in-season drama, of course, had an effect on the team – mentally, at least. As captain Tots Carlos put it, “Siyempre, medyo affected kami.”

Carlos also pointed out, however, that they did their best not to let that spill out onto the court. “Kami naman kasi ang naglalaro e, ‘di naman siya so lagi lang naming mindset na okay lang yan. Basta nag-usap lang kami noon and ang sabi namin, laro lang kami para sa sarili namin, para sa UP,” she shared.

Isa Molde shared the same sentiment. “’Di namin dinadala sa games yung ganung bagay. Ibang usapan na kapag nasa loob ng court,” she said.

She then continued, “’Di namin talaga isasama problema namin sa labas ng court.”

Still, once Yee made it known that he was staying put, that did nothing but ease the nerves of his girls. Asked if they were happy he remained, Molde answered, “Na-lift talaga morale namin kasi ‘di namin alam nangyayari. Wala kaming kaalam-alam dyan.”

Carlos could only agree. “Siyempre naman, relieved kami. Siyempre, coach namin yun e,” she expressed.

While they will not be making the next round, the Lady Maroons will still be together in gearing up for the next PVL conference as well as the looming UAAP wars. “Mas na-appreciate na natin mga pwesto natin. Meaning, coaches and players, we have to step up,” Yee said.

He then continued, “Bottom line kasi, siyempre pag talo ka, maraming masasabi tao, pag panalo ka, maraming appreciation at papuri.”

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