"Baka nasa cloud nine pa (ang team)" -- De Jesus

Mark Escarlote on Mar 02, 2016 08:31 PM
Siguro may factor pa 'yun (panalo sa Ateneo). Baka nasa cloud nine pa (ang team) -- Ramil De Jesus

De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus admitted that his team’s focus was missing when University of Sto. Tomas waylaid the Lady Spikers, 21-25, 22-25, 21-25, Wednesday to end the first round of eliminations in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.  

He told reporters that his wards seemed to be still on a high after a spectacular straight sets victory over bitter rival and two-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University last Saturday.   

“Siguro may factor pa 'yun (panalo sa Ateneo). Baka nasa cloud nine pa (ang team),” said De Jesus, who after the game sent his team to an extra practice session to correct the mistakes they made in the one and a half hour of beating they received from the Tigresses.

The Lady Spikers’ performance against the Tigresses was a shadow of DLSU’s inspired game four days ago when they halted Ateneo’s 24-game winning rampage, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18, in a rematch of last year’s Finals.

Ara Galang and Majoy Baron had 15 and 10 points, respectively, to lead DLSU but the swag and support coming from their teammates were absent.

Mika Reyes was limited to only five points, Kim Dy, who had seven against the Lady Eagles, had a quiet three markers for the Taft-based squad. 

Kim Fajardo, the biggest factor in the Lady Spikers win over Ateneo with 13 points including seven aces, was also out of the equation on offense with only a pair of points to go with her 25 excellent sets.

The loss snapped DLSU’s three-game winning run as the Lady Spikers’ chance of tying Ateneo on top of the standings went down the drain to remain in second with 5-2 record.




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