Hindi ko matanggap ang ganyan -- Nat'l team coach Vicente on UE's losing slump
Mark Escarlote on Feb 15, 2017 10:03 PM
Right now very affected ako kasi collegiate level hindi ko maipanalo eh what more sa national team -- UE coach Francis Vicente
University of the East is again sliding and on a losing slump.
Just three games into the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Lady Warriors mentor Francis Vicente is already feeling the pressure and frustration with his collegiate team.
Their continued failures are already taking its toll on his reputation especially that Vicente is also the national women’s team coach.
“Yes of course (nakakaapekto) siyempre,” said Vicente after the Lady Warriors’ 9-25, 22-25, 23-25, loss to University of Sto. Tomas Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
It was UE’s third straight defeat in as many games as they tied Adamson University down the cellar.
Much was expected with the Lady Warriors at the start of the season when they gave league-leading and undefeated National University a scare in a four-set loss. UE folded in straight sets but not after giving another unbeaten team University of the Philippines a workout.
However, in the opening frame of the match against UST, the Lady Warriors seemed to return to the old UE squad that lost 58 straight games in a four-year span.
Vicente could only just watch in agony as his wards fell behind 3-19 in the first set, his team captain Shaya Adorador mentally out of the game and the rest of the squad in disarray.
He’s aware that his team’s failure will serve as a fodder for critics.
“Right now very affected ako kasi collegiate level hindi ko maipanalo eh what more sa national team,” said Vicente, who was chosen by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. as mentor of the national team that will see action in the Asian U-23 Championship, Asian Seniors Women’s Championship and in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.
Since taking the reins of the Recto-based squad three years ago, Vicente has a 1-30 win-loss record – a dark smear on the mentor’s 27-year coaching career that saw him lead UST to numerous high school titles and discover and hone stars like the Santiago sisters Dindin and Jaja, Kim Fajardo and Alyssa Valdez.
“Kapag ganyan ang nangyari siguro there will come a time na mag-iisip ako. Kasi ayokong masira ang pangalan ko. Inalagaan ko yan simula ng mag-coach ako eh hanggang sa pagtanda ko eh,” he said. “Kailangan sila (UE players) rin isipin nila yun. Affected ako sobra. Hindi ko matanggap ang ganyan. Hindi ko mapatawad ang sarili ko kapag ganyan.”
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