Lady Spikers remain positive despite Game 2 collapse
Mark Escarlote on Apr 27, 2016 09:27 PM
Surprisingly they’re upbeat -- DLSU athletic director Nongnong Calanog,
De La Salle remained upbeat even after squandering a two-set lead and a chance to finish off the defending two-time champion Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles on Wednesday in Game 2 of the best-of-three 78th UAAP women’s volleyball finals series at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“Surprisingly they’re upbeat,” said DLSU athletic director Nongnong Calanog, who spoke with the media for the Lady Spikers who refused to grant an interview after the loss that forced a decider on Saturday at the Big Dome.
“Kasi nu’ng nag-uusap ang lahat kanina parang they don’t want to parang put their one year of hard work down the drain,” he added. “So ang (mindset) nila there’s nothing you can do but, you know, go back and play and see kung saan tayo nagkulang and make sure na we don’t do that on the next game. Hopefully make the adjustments.”
DLSU started to collapse in the third set and it didn’t help the cause when hitter Ara Galang, who was sidelined with a left knee ACL injury last year, got an injury scare in the closing moments of the frame.
Galang returned in the fourth but the three-peat seeking Lady Eagles already turned the tables around anchored on three-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez’s explosion as Ateneo survived to fight for the throne.
“Definitely they will go back in the drawing board tomorrow. The look at the tapes and see where the adjustments have to be made and then go back to work on Saturday, and hopefully, finish the job that we didn’t finish today,” said Calanog.
The school official could only hope that luck will go their way on Game 3 in the fifth of the five straight Finals series between the rivals, who split their first four meetings in the championship.
“If you see the pattern (on Ateneo head-to-head this season) di ba nanalo kami then natalo nakapag-adjust sila. Nanalo kami nakapag-adjust sila and hopefully makapag-adjust kami and there’s no more adjustments after that di ba?” he said.
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