It’s either I go out of the team na lang -- NU coach Gorayeb

Mark Escarlote on Mar 10, 2016 11:51 AM
It’s either I go out of the team na lang -- NU coach Gorayeb
“It’s either I go out of the team na lang. Baka ‘yun ang solusyon? --- NU coach Roger Gorayeb

For the second time, National University head coach Roger Gorayeb brought up the option of calling it quits as the Lady Bulldogs collapsed anew.

Plagued with inconsistency, lack of confidence and court chemistry, the Lady Bulldogs absorbed its fourth loss in the last five games on Wednesday in a disappointing 24-26, 17-25, 19-25, setback against the defending two-time champion Ateneo de Manila in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.

“Ako binibilang ko na ‘yan e, ‘yung mga talo sa Ateneo. Nilagay ko na sa sarili ko na natalo d’yan. Hindi naman masakit sa akin na natalo, ang masakit sa akin, hindi nagagawa ‘yung mga dapat na gawin, ‘yung mga pinagagawa namin,” said a very disappointed and close to crying Gorayeb, who came into the squad in the middle of Season 77 to replace Dong Dela Cruz. “It’s how you recover e. Inaayos mo na eh. Pero ano naman ang aayusin mo next time? Mahirap. Kung hindi sila maka-recover what more can I do?”

“It’s either I go out of the team na lang. Baka ‘yun ang solusyon?” he added.

Pre-season favorite to challenge the Lady Eagles’ supremacy with an intact lineup bannered by the troika of 6-foot-5 middle blocker Jaja Santiago, a powerful hitter in Myla Pablo and a steady scorer in Jorelle Singh, the Lady Bulldogs of present are far from the advertised dangerous team that could change the balance of power in the premier collegiate league. Turning into toothless puppies in their meltdown.  

At 4-5 win-loss record, NU crashed out of the top four position to drop down to fifth spot heading into the tight final stretch of the elimination round.  

The Sampaloc-based squad opened the season with a straight sets loss to Ateneo in a game where the Lady Bulldogs controlled the early part of the first two sets before fizzling out. They recovered, biting three straight victories including an upset against De La Salle before plunging to a three-game slump in defeats at the hands of University of Sto. Tomas, Far Eastern University and a rookie-laden University of the Philippines.

NU stopped the bleeding by crushing Adamson University to start the second round but failed to capitalize on its momentum against the Lady Eagles, who are coming off two shocking losses.     

“Hindi ganyang laro pa rin ang inaasahan namin sa kanila na mangyayari. Ang daming errors e. Hindi ko alam, litong-lito na ako. May game plan hindi nila nasusunod. Hindi ko lama kung bakit,” added Gorayeb, who in the offseason steered the Lady Bulldogs to a title in the V-League Collegiate Conference against Ateneo.

In their Ateneo elims rematch, NU committed 21 errors and gave away 13 points from appalling service reception. 

“Hindi ganyan ang laro na makakapag-angat sa kanila,” said Gorayeb, adding that they dedicate more than an hour of practice time to sharpen their service reception.  

“Ok lang na talo kami kung matalo kami sa sobrang lakas ng kalaban ‘di ok lang ‘yun. Pero kung natalo kami kasi puro kami error, hindi normal ‘yun,” he continued. “Hindi normal sa isang team na gustong mabawi ang mga losses na nauna.”

Gorayeb, who first brought up the idea of leaving his position during the end of the first round, left the MOA Arena after an hour of talk inside the NU dugout while the players and other team officials remained for another hour or so to discuss their current situation.  

NU’s remaining assignments are against University of the East on Sunday, FEU (March 19), UP (March 30), UST (April 3) before winding up the elims in a rematch with DLSU on April 13.

"Still may mga chances pa naman eh na dapat hindi na namin aksayahin. Actually ayaw na namin na madidiin pa kami rito. I just want them to play the way I wanted them to play," said Gorayeb. 




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