UP Lady Maroons: Sharpening the Saw
(Gusto kong makita) ang execution, maturity and kung paano nila i-handle ang situations lalo na yung mga pressure situations. Yun ang habol natin -- UP head coach Jerry Yee
Expect University of the Philippines head coach Jerry Yee to take advantage of the Lady Maroons’ participation in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference to tweak and test his rotation for the coming UAAP wars.
A brilliant tactician that he is, Yee said that they want to start and finish strong in this tournament while sharpening his wards heading into their most important competition.
“It (goal) hasn’t change, siyempre practice, kung mananalo eh di good,” he said. “Ang goal natin sana mag-top four.”
“Of course everybody wants to be champions. Pero may mga rotations na we have to try. May mga people na we want to see kung kaya ba nila ang role nila? Ganoon lang naman,” he added.
The Lady Maroons are in Group B with UAAP rival Adamson University, NCAA defending champion Arellano University, College of St. Benilde, San Beda College and Technological Institute of the Philippines.
UP is in its second straight participation in the PVL after a sixth place finish in the Open Conference.
Bannering the team are veterans Isa Molde and Diana Carlos. Other holdovers are Marian Buitre, Justine Dorog, Aiesha Gannaban, setter Rose Cailing, Ayel Estranero and Vina Alinas.
“Honestly, nag-mature naman ang core natin. Sina Molde, Carlos, Estranero, Marist, Buitre. Mabigat pero I’m very sure kaya nila ang pressure. Kaya nila ang situation na parating. Kaya nilang dalhin ang team,” Yee said.
Yee will also field two promising rookies in former national youth team standout Roselyn Rosier and Minnesota Volleyball Academy recruit setter Cynthia Escutin.
With the combination of young and veteran players, the mentor wants to see where his wards are at now.
“(Gusto kong makita) ang execution, maturity and kung paano nila i-handle ang situations lalo na yung mga pressure situations. Yun ang habol natin,” said Yee.
“It’s always a good tournament to have na at least mage-gauge mo ang sarili mo sa mga makakalaban mo,” he added. “Titingnan natin ang lineup nila, of course, may mga itatago rin sila tapos tayo mayroon din tayong experiments pero somehow mababasa mo na kung nasaan ka eh. And from there you work on your game, you work on your conditioning para maganda ang laro ng mga bata.”
UP squares off with Adamson on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
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