Siguro ngayon medyo nangangapa pa -- DLSU coach De Jesus
Mark Escarlote on Feb 05, 2017 07:16 PM
Siguro ngayon medyo nangangapa pa -- DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus
Defending champion De La Salle University is still looking for the character that brought them back to the throne last year.
Head coach Ramil de Jesus said that the Lady Spikers are still a work in progress as they try to protect their title in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
The Taft-based squad opened their repeat bid in straight sets but DLSU needed to hang tough in each of the sets to escape the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws.
Fourth year players Majoy Baron and Kianna Dy carried the squad to a 29-27, 25-22, 25-23 win Sunday at the Big Dome, but De Jesus is far from satisfied.
“Actually ‘yun pa ang bini-build ng team eh. So hanggang ngayon medyo alanganin pa don sa iba’t ibang role,” said De Jesus. “Hindi pa nila kilala ang kaya nilang gawin as a player and kung ano ang kaya ng team.”
Baron and Dy scored 15 and 11 points, respectively, while fifth year setter Kim Fajardo dished out 35 sets for the Taft-based squad. Fourth year libero Dawn Macandili had another superb defensive outing with 13 excellent receptions and 11 digs.
Aside from the veterans, the rest struggled to get their game going to contribute for the cause.
“Siguro ngayon medyo nangangapa pa,” said De Jesus. “Blessing naman na nanalo kami siguro naka-gain ng confidence ‘yun kahit papano para sa team.”
The mentor refused to take as an excuse the departure of six key players from last year including Ara Galang, Mika Reyes and Cyd Demecillo.
“Players come and go. Pero hindi mo na kasi pwedeng hanapin ‘yung kung anong meron last year eh,” he said. “Kailangan mo nang pag-tyagaan kung ano ang meron ngayon and kailangan mong trabahuhin para at the same time hindi masyadong malayo doon sa kung ano mang level ang nilalaro nug ibang teams.”
DLSU will get another challenge on Saturday when the Lady Spikers face University of Sto. Tomas, which is itching to bounce back from its opening day loss to Ateneo.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles