DLSU is better than Ateneo -- seasoned Thai coach

Mark Escarlote on Apr 07, 2016 09:03 AM
DLSU is better than Ateneo -- seasoned Thai coach
His (Tai Bundit) team has Alyssa Valdez but I think this team we played is better (than Ateneo) because they have good team system -- Est Cola coach Chamnan Dokmai

De La Salle University is a better team compared to Ateneo de Manila University.

That is the observation of seasoned Thai coach Chamnan Dokmai, who said that the team system and depth of the Lady Spikers can give the two-time reigning champion Lady Eagles a run for their money in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.

Dokmai’s Est Cola, a guest team in the Final round of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference, faced DLSU Wednesday morning in a tune-up game and were defeated by the Lady Spikers in a tight five-set duel.      

The Thai coach, who is the head coach of Idea Khonkannen squad which swept the PSL All-Stars during the Thai-Denmark Super League two weeks ago, was impressed with DLSU’s system.

“Their system is OK,” said Dokmai, who once coached the Thai team in two editions of the ASEAN University Games with Ateneo de Manila mentor Tai Bundit as his assistant.

Dokmai said that he knew about the storied rivalry between the Lady Spikers and Lady Eagles but in his opinion DLSU has the upper hand against Ateneo. The Lady Spikers will meet the Lady Eagles on Sunday in an elimination round rematch after DLSU defeated Ateneo in straight sets in their first meeting.       

“I know they are rivals with the university team we played,” he said of his good friend Bundit’s team. “His team has Alyssa Valdez but I think this team we played is better (than Ateneo) because they have good team system.”

Lady Spikers coach Ramil De Jesus, according to Dokmai, has more materials in his hands compared to Bundit.   

“They also have many players that can share from substitution. When someone cannot play another one can play,” he added.

Dokmai named playmaker Kim Fajardo and libero Dawn Macandili as the most important pieces to DLSU’s winning system.

“They have a good setter and libero also,” Dokmai said. “The setter is very important if your setter is good everything is easy.”

But he was specifically impressed with Fajardo.

“They are very good especially the setter. The setter is very, very good,” he said.

“And they have a very good team system. They tried to play happy in the game, that’s very important. If they want to play well they have to be happy. I think that team is very strong,” Dokmai added.

“Sometimes they made mistakes but it’s not a problem because it can help them improve. But for me the first thing that is very important is to play happy and they are happy.”

As for DLSU’s attackers, Dokmai shared his observation.

“Their spikers are OK,” he said. “Their outside spiker can jump high and their middle can spike (hit) quick but not hard. She can’t spike hard but can (hit) it very fast.

Dokmai said that as for De Jesus, he felt that the Lady Spikers mentor has a strong faith and belief in his crew – a sign of a strong team system. 

And he saw it in the fifth set.

“He only watched the game and didn’t ask for a timeout. He only watched the game,” Dokmai said. “He didn’t call any timeout even in the fifth set, he only teach (gave instructions) during the game and gave a lecture (to the team) after the game.”





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