'Yung mindset nag-collapse -- Pascua on FEU loss
Siguro ‘yung mindset ‘yun siguro nag-collapse -- FEU coach George Pascua
More than the absence of ace spiker Bernadeth Pons, it was the atrocious amount of errors that killed Far Eastern University in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference best-of-three Finals series.
Head coach George Pascua lamented the number of miscues committed by the Lady Tamaraws in their 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 24-26, loss to National University Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
FEU threw away 27 points off errors, none bigger than the back-to-back miscues in the tight fourth set that costed them the match. It was the Lady Tams' second defeat at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs after bowing to NU in four sets in the elimination round.
“Sabi ko sa kanila nu’ng last naming kalaban NU, errors namin 35,” said FEU coach George Pascua, who opted to sit out Pons and libero Kyla Atienza to reserve their energy for an all-important match against University of Sto. Tomas in the 80th UAAP women’s beach volleyball tournament Thursday. “Without Pons, errors namin 27.”
Down, 1-2, in the match, the Lady Tams mounted a rally to overhaul a 15-21 deficit that tied the frame at 22. NU reclaimed the lead and moved at match point, 24-23, but Celine Domingo forced a deuce with a crosscourt hit.
But FEU surrendered the match when Heather Guino-o threw away a point after sending her service long followed by Domingo’s cross that went out.
“Crucial point na service error dapat sa amin ‘yon,” said Pascua. “Siguro ‘yung mindset ‘yun siguro nag-collapse.”
The Lady Tams will try to regroup in Game 2 on Saturday to force a series decider scheduled, if needed, on Monday.
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