Lady Bombers hope to make an impact in TV debut
Mark Escarlote on Aug 30, 2017 02:05 PM
Kailangan nilang mabuo ang confidence nila individually and as a team and dito nila makukuha ‘yan sa PVL -- JRU head coach Mia Tioseco
Jose Rizal University head coach Mia Tioseco wants to take the opportunity given to the Lady Bombers to join the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference to develop the confidence and fighting heart of her young squad.
Other than seasoned hitter Shola Alvarez and a handful of veterans, the Lady Bombers will parade a relatively new squad after the departure of most of their core from the last NCAA season.
Tioseco sees the Collegiate Conference as huge boost in their preparation for the next NCAA tournament.
“Gusto kong makita ang fighting heart nila kasi doon kulang eh kaya nagiging error-prone kami. After a while nagiging tentative sila,” said Tioseco, a former University of the Philippines volleybelle before shifting to basketball in her third year of college.
“Kailangan nilang mabuo ang confidence nila individually and as a team and dito nila makukuha ‘yan sa PVL,” she added.
JRU is bracketed in Group A with UAAP powerhouse teams Ateneo de Manila University, National University and Far Eastern University and NCAA squads Lyceum of the Philippines University and San Sebastian College.
Compared to their more seasoned opponents, Tioseco is managing her expectations. She’s more focused on her goal to gauge the level of her team heading into the next NCAA season.
“Since first time naming sumali sa PVL ang expectations namin ay basically maglaro lang ng maayos ang mga bata,” said Tioseco. “Also para ma-run lang ang play tapos makita namin kung nag-improve ba sila sa last season para may adjustments kami na magawa in preparations sa NCAA.”
Gusto kong makita kung nasaan na kami at kung makaka-compete na kami especially sa mga UAAP teams at dun sa NCAA teams na makakalaban namin,” she added.
This will also mark as the first televised tournament for the Lady Bombers. TV coverage of games in the NCAA are only aired live starting in the Final Four.
“It’s more of an exposure na rin para sa team kasi first time nila na talagang mako-cover ng TV,” said Tioseco, also a former Philippine youth team member alongside Mozzy Ravena.
“Mahalaga siya (TV exposure) lalong lalo na sa volleyball kasi dati ang inaayos mo lang is ‘yung performance mo, pero ngayon iba kasi mayroong kaba dahil may cameras,” the mentor continued. “Hindi mo alam kung papapaano magri-react each and every one ng mga players with the pressure na naa-add dahil sa coverage. Unfortunately kasi hindi kami umaabot sa Final Four sa NCAA kaya wala talaga kaming TV exposure.”
Helping Alvarez, the only JRU player with exposure in the club level competition playing for Reinforced Conference champion Pocari Sweat, are Angela Bondoc, setter Mercy Grace Rivera, Annie Macaraya and Kassandra Ebuenga.
JRU will open its campaign with a big test on Saturday as the Lady Bombers face powerhouse Ateneo de Manila University at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
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