Not yet time to panic for the Lady Eagles
Paul Lintag on Mar 08, 2016 05:08 PM
"Siguro nagkulang sa heart strong, the willingness to win parang nababawasan. Yun yung kailangan namin pagtrabahuhan." --- Jhoana Maraguinot.
Is it time to press the panic button in Katipunan?
After back-to-back defeats that practically removed the cloak of invincibility brought about by their amazing 24-game winning streak stretched over two title runs, the Ateneo Lady Eagles are struggling to find answers as the second round of the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball tournament shifts into high gear.
"Hindi ko rin alam eh, yun din ang fini-figure out namin kung bakit, kung ano yung nangyayari sa amin," Jhoana Maraguinot said following Ateneo's four-seat loss to UP.
"Kami mismo hindi naman alam kung ano nangyayari sa loob. Siguro sobrang focused namin nakakalimutan namin mag-relax. Kailangan ng patience," she added.
Being the measuring stick for greatness since Season 76, pressure may have finally caught up to the Lady Eagles, especially now with the team having a completely different set of characters.
"Masyado siguro namin nape-pressure sarili namin," setter Jia Morado said. "Kami gusto namin kalimutan yung mga nangyari sa past ma negative, inaalala namin yung positive pero we can't expect to win all the time."
After what was once a two-team race to the top turned into a free-for-all, what is important for the Lady Eagles is to have short-term memory and go back to what they do best.
And what they do is win volleyball games, not dwell on defeats.
"Bawat game naman hindi kami nagdu-dwell. Manalo o matalo, move on na kami kaagad sa next na kalaban," the reigning best setter added.
Oh and they have to just go back to being heart strong since that is tried and tested already.
"Siguro nagkulang sa heart strong, the willingness to win parang nababawasan," Maraguinot said. "Yun yung kailangan namin pagtrabahuhan."
Heart strong will definitely be tested against the NU Lady Bulldogs as the champs try to avoid a three-game drop.
No, now is not the time to press the panic button. At least not yet.
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