PVL: CSB’s gallant stand impresses new coach

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 29, 2018 04:30 PM
 PVL: CSB’s gallant stand impresses new coach
Reunited are coach Jerry Yee (center, back row) and prodigious setter Jewel Hannah Lai (standing second from right) on the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers squad after moving out of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons’ camp. (Photo by Stephanie Marie Baluyot)

Former UP Lady Maroon Jewel Lai debuted for the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers with aplomb.    

She scored six points against the much favored Far Eastern University on five aces and a neat placement besides accounting for 25 of her new team’s total of 28 excellent sets last Sunday, the second day of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference.

Her intelligent and steady setting kept the Lady Blazers’ offense blazing hot and the opposition, whose core members played for different teams in the league’s opening First Conference, at bay before losing steam in the fifth set of the extended thriller in a gallant stand that brought a little smile on new coach Jerry Yee’s face.

“Maayos naman ang iginalaw ng mga bata, even the rookies, pero in the end we still lost ‘di ba? We need to practice, practice, practice,” said Yee after the 19-25, 30-32, 25-15, 26-24 defeat to FEU.

The Jerry Yee system

Rachel Austero, one of Benilde’s carryovers from its last-season NCAA lineup, described her new coach as “tahimik na tao” and his system as one which gives  a player freedom to further explore her skills as well as encouragers her to learn from her mistakes.”   

She said their new coach is not the spoon-feeding type. “Hahayaan ka niyang mag-isip kung paano mo itatama ang mga pagkakamali mo.”           

Austero, 20, who suited up for the PetroGazz Angels in the PVL Reinforced Conference, will play her final year in the upcoming NCAA volleyball tourney.  

She described her stint in the PVL First Conference as “priceless. Nagkaroon ako ng kakaibang experience na lalong nagbigay sa akin ng confidence sa paglalaro at trust sa sarili.”

Also comprising the Lady Blazers are Marites Pablo, younger sister of PVL Reinforced Conference MVP Myla Pablo, Michelle Gamit, Diane Ventura, Chelsea Anne Umali, Janella Sulit, Kaila Gabrielle Miranda, Pauline Maurice Cardiente, Felicia Marie Cui, Claire Danielle Sarmiento, Klarisa Abriam, Jan Arianne Daguil and Melanie Torres.    

Yee's assistant coaches are Charm Geronimo and Jay Chua.

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