Napakaaga pa (to panic) -- Reyes on UST's 0-2 start

Mark Escarlote on Feb 11, 2017 07:42 PM
Napakaaga pa (to panic) -- Reyes on UST's 0-2 start
Napakaaga pa (to panic), 0-2, marami pang pwedeng mangyari -- UST coach Kungfu Reyes

University of Sto. Tomas head coach Kungfu Reyes is not yet ready to push the panic button even after the Tigresses remained winless two games into the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.

Considered as one of the top title contenders with experienced players and an almost intact lineup, the Tigresses had a sputtering start losing two straight to share the cellar with rebuilding Adamson and University of the East.

But Reyes showed no sign of worry.  

“Napakaaga pa (to panic), 0-2, marami pang pwedeng mangyari,” said Reyes moments after the UST absorbed a 23-25, 25-16, 14-25, 22-25, loss at the hands of the defending champion De La Salle University Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

The Espana-based squad, which is looking to return to the Final Four after missing the cut the previous four seasons, was swept by Ateneo de Manila last week in their opener. 

“Top two teams ang nakatalo sa amin, nakakuha kami ng experience na maganda,” Reyes added. “Hopefully, ‘yung mga remaining games namin, mas mag-deliver kami otherwise sink or swim na lang ulit. Ano ang pipiliin namin? Kokontrahin namin ang agos, hindi pwedeng go with the flow lang kami. Kailangan i-develop pa namin ang character ng mga bata.”

Compared to the Tigresses’ 21-25, 21-25, 22-25 beating against the Lady Eagles, UST gave DLSU a hard time.

Down 1-2 in the match and trailing 2-14, the Tigresses sparked a huge rally to cut its deficit down to 14-18. UST again crept closer to two points twice with its last 22-24 before eventually folding.

It was an ‘impressive loss’ according to Reyes.  

“Ito natalo kami rito na masasabi mo na lumalaban. Pangit ang laro, may mga lapses which is normal naman,” he said. “Ang importante lang especially in the fourth set medyo malaki ang agwat pero sabi nga namin iangat lang ‘yung score namin. From there naman nag-react naman sila. Naging siyam, pito, naging anim hanggang sa bumaba sa dalawa kaya lang pagdating sa dulo nagi-error pa rin eh.”

The Tigresses committed 31 errors against DLSU.

“Ang kagandahan nito natatalo kami pero unlike last year na kapag ganito ang lamang umaayaw na talaga kami pero ngayon pinipilit naming ilaban at lumalaban naman ang mga players at ‘yun naman ang importante sa ngayon,” Reyes added. “Ngayon nabu-build na namin ang character namin kaya lang marami talagang errors. Ang dami naming service, 16 errors sa service would you imagine? Thirty-one giveaway points so one set ang ibinigay namin sa La Salle.”

UST can still turn their season around starting on Wednesday when the Tigresses face in another acid test the taller and hungrier Lady Warriors.






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