It's on us --- Almadro on Ateneo's loss
Mark Escarlote on Feb 10, 2016 03:39 PM
I guess it’s a wake-up call and OK na rin nangyari siya ng maaga --- Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro
Ateneo de Manila University received an early wake-up call as they fell victim to the Adamson Falcons’ upset ax Wednesday in the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
Head coach Oliver Alamadro admitted that it was the team’s bad decisions in the crucial stretch of the match that gave the Falcons an opening to exploit.
Adamson halted the Blue Eagles’ two-game winning run as the San Marcelino-based squad tied their victims in the team standings after a 25-19, 17-25, 22-25, 26-24, 15-13, victory.
“Unang-una sa fourth set and sa fifth set, we made bad plays na hindi ‘yun ang in-expect ko na gagawin namin,” said Almadro. “So it’s on us.”
Adamson recovered from falling in a 1-2 match hole and mounted a huge 5-0 run in the fifth set to turn an 8-9 deficit to a 13-9 advantage in a fightback that saw Dave Pletado and Michael Sudaria repeatedly blocking reigning Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo’s attacks.
The Falcons had 12 kill blocks total against the much taller Ateneo players.
However, Almadro said that it was their miscues that did them in.
“It’s not about na-block ng na-block si Marck,” he said. “It’s about na meron kaming few plays sa fourth set na we could’ve won. Medyo nag-eksperimento then hindi nag-deliver and na-maximize ng kalaban na nagkamali kami. I guess we really have to take a look ulit kung ano ang pagkakamali na ‘yun.”
“I take this as a challenge. Sabi nga “being no. 1 is hard but staying at no. 1 is harder”. So now we know what it is to be no. 1 but sa ngayon hindi naming nalaman kung may tatalo sa amin o wala. E ngayon merong tumalo so nakikita na namin na “Oops hindi tayo no. 1”. And again we have to go back to the drawing board,” added Almadro, also na national team coach.
But he cleared that he is not taking the effort of the win away from Adamson.
“Maganda rin ang nilaro ng Adamson. I’ll give it to Adamson. Medyo intense sila today. They are prepared and kami naman medyo prepared na in a way alam namin ang gagawin namin but may mga certain point at the end na medyo nag-experiment,” he said. “So I guess we have to stick kung ano ang meron kami.”
The head coach sees their defeat – a déjà vu of some sort as Adamson also beat Ateneo in the first round of Season 77 before the Blue Eagles evened the score in the second round and eventually booted out the Falcons in the Final Four - as a learning experience that could help them as the tournament progresses.
“I guess it’s a wake-up call and OK na rin nangyari siya ng maaga,” said Almadro. “Sabi ko nga history repeats itself, first loss din namin last year was against Adamson so ganoon din. Kailangan lang naming maging stronger pa ang heart namin and mentality namin.”
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