Sa twice-to-beat malabo na -- NU coach Roger Gorayeb

Mark Escarlote on Mar 13, 2016 05:18 PM
Sa twice-to-beat malabo na -- NU coach Roger Gorayeb
Sa twice-to-beat malabo na -- NU coach Roger Gorayeb

National University head coach Roger Goayeb surrendered their campaign of landing one of the two twice-to-beat advantages in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.

At 5-5 win-loss record tied with Far Eastern University, the Lady Bulldogs mathematically still have a chance for a top two spot after the elimination round. But it will require NU to sweep their last four assignments and pray that either league-leading two-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle University or University of the Philippines won’t breach a nine-win mark.

Looking at their current situation, Gorayeb said that getting that semifinals advantage is already far-fetched.      

“Sa twice-to-beat malabo na,” said the veteran mentor after the Lady Bulldogs’ swift win over the hapless University of the East Lady Warriors, 25-15, 25-12, 25-11, on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.

“We’re trying to survive na lang to get the third or fourth spot. Kasi mahirap na masyadong malaki na ang lamang. ‘Yung pagkakapanalo ng UP sa Ateneo, hindi naman apektado ang Ateneo dun. Ang apektado ay ‘yung mga nasa ibaba kasi naghahabulan kami ngayon e,” he added.

NU, one of the preseason favorites to shift the balance of power in the league, struggled in their campaign as they ended the first round with a three-game losing streak. The Lady Bulldogs won against Adamson University to start the second round, dropped a straight sets match at the hands of the Lady Eagles before recovering mightily over UE.

The Bulldogs still have FEU, who they toed at fourth to fifth spot, UP, University of Sto. Tomas and DLSU in their list of assignments.  Ateneo is on solo top spot with an 8-2 record followed by DLSU (7-2) and UP (6-3).   

“Maraming senaryo eh. Kapag tinalo namin ang FEU kailangan talunin mo rin ‘yung UP. Tapos kung ang UP kapag may tumalo baka kami pa ang mag-No. 3,” said Gorayeb. “Wala na, hindi naman na matutupad ‘yung gusto ko na mag-land sa No. 2 or 1 or 2. Posible ‘yun kung tinalo namin ang lahat (sa first round).”

“May challenges sa aming lahat at hindi namin ‘yun nasolusyunan kaya ito kami ngayon naghahabol,” he added.

Gorayeb said that he wanted his team to get their confidence back and not give them more pressure of computing their position in the race for a spot in the Final Four. 

“Kailangan ibalik mo ulit ang spark sa kanila na, ‘Heto na maganda na ang laro natin. Pukpunin n’yo pa ang sarili ninyo,’” the mentor said.  “Mga simpleng salita na maka-ignite o maka-spark ng kanilang spirit again.”

For now, their focus is to not let the opportunity pass. They have to win next week against FEU. 

“Huwag naman, kung matalo kami ng FEU naku eh ‘di fourth place na lang ‘yung hinahabol namin, nagbabakbakan na sila doon (sa taas),” Gorayeb said. “Ayoko namang malagay sa ganoon kasi at this point in time rume-recover kami from sa masamang mga laro namin noong nakaraan. Another loss will not help us. Ayokong mapunta sa ganoong sitawasyon.”

 

 

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