Post-Yee Lady Maroons still doing well, thank you
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 25, 2017 11:29 AM
Moving on after they lost coach Jerry Yee and to the Adamson Lady Falcons in their very first match, the University of the Philippines Lady Fighting Maroons systematically demolished winless Technological Institute of the Philippines and former NCAA titlist College of St. Benilde next both in straight sets to keep their semifinal hopes alive in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. Katrina de Lara (extreme left, standing) is temporarily taking over as head coach and doing well.
There aren’t that many adjustments to make under acting UP coach Katrina de Lara, declare Lady Fighting Maroons Marian Buitre and Isa Molde.
“Coach Katrina has been with us even before coach Jerry took over as head coach so we are used to her,” says Buitre, a no-nonsense middle blocker.
“She’s not veering much from coach Jerry’s system,” avers open spiker Isa Molde. “Thus, there are really not that many adjustments to make under coach Katrina.”
For a while, though, de Lara’s takeover became suspect when the Lady Maroons, right in their first game in the PVL Collegiate Conference, blew a 2-1 set lead and crumbled to a five-set defeat at the hands of the Adamson Lady Falcons.
The loss, if anything, only stung them into further action, whacking TIP and College of St. Benilde in straight sets in their next two games.
“We have benefited greatly from coach Jerry,” adds Buitre. “He did not limit us to just one position and it is paying dividends in my case. Of course, we learn new things as well from coach Katrina.”
Three rookies – Roselyn Rosier, Cynthia Escutin and Josetti Thai – have joined the 11 carryovers from the Diliman lineup last UAAP season.
Buitre has been getting more playing time under de Lara being a regular starter for the Lady Maroons. Along with the highly consistent Diana Mae Carlos and Molde, she is spearheading the team’s scoring might.
In a separate interview, Carlos was quoted as telling sportswriters that she has not heard yet from the UP administration about anyone officially replacing coach Yee.
Meanwhile, the UP community is showing up in droves at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City to cheer their beloved team whoever their coach is. That is one constant on the Diliman side apart from the Lady Fighting Maroons’ unshaken fighting spirit and top fighting form.
The UP Lady Maroons lineup: Roselyn Rosier, Maristela Genn Layug, Caryl Sandoval, Cynthia Escutin, Josetti Thai, Jessma Clarice Ramos, Isa Molde, Marian Buitre, Justine Dorog, Aiesha Gannaban, Rose Mary Cailing, Arielle Estranero, Diana Mae Carlos and Vina Vera Alinas.
Katrina de Lara, head coach; and Rald Benson, assistant coach.