Di namin naresolbahan si Jaja -- AU coach Javier on loss
Yung team ko medyo na-intimidate kay Jaja -- Arellano U head coach Obet Javier
Arellano University head coach Obet Javier admitted that National University’s Jaja Santiago was too much for the Lady Chiefs to handle.
The Lady Bulldogs top hitter torched the reining NCAA champions with 24 points in NU’s emphatic 25-17, 25-16, 25-23, win in Game 1 of the best-of-three inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference semifinals series at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Wednesday.
“’Di namin naresolbahan si Jaja eh, ‘yun lang,” said Javier, whose wards will fight for survival in Game 2 on Saturday.
The six-foot-5 Santiago punished the Lady Chiefs with 18 spikes, three kill blocks and three aces while frustrating Arellano U’s attackers with seven digs.
“’Yung team ko medyo na-intimidate kay Jaja pero sabi ko nga lahat naman ‘yan makukuha sa practice,” the mentor said.
After yielding the first two sets, Arellano U threatened to extend the match, taking a 20-19 lead in the third set before eventually fading with Santiago pounding the match-clinching kill.
“Noong nakita sa bandang huli (sa third set) na medyo dumikit na namalahibo na ang mga players ko,” said Javier.
Javier also rued his team’s disappointing reception and poor first ball that affected the quality of their offense. The Lady Chiefs tallied only 26 kills in 109 attempts.
It also didn’t help that team captain Jovielyn Prado, who averaged 15 points per game, was limited to only four points.
“Tapos hindi maganda ang first ball namin ngayon. Siguro bukas sa ensayo namin, mas marami kaming dapat i-tackle sa receive,” said Javier. “Tapos out of focus ang karamihan sa mga players ko.”
“Siguro dahil katapat nila ay UAAP team, pero OK lang, at least nakita namin ang mga kakulangan namin today,” added the mentor, whose squad lost in straight sets against Adamson University before pulling off a 5-set in over University of the Philippines during the elimination round.
Game 3, if needed, is on Monday.
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