Di ko alam bakit sila erratic -- Gorayeb on his 'missing' liberos
Mark Escarlote on Mar 19, 2017 07:27 PM
Sabi ko nga doon sa libero ko kanina, maka-depensa lang kasi kayo ng dalawa o tatlong beses ng maganda tapos tatapon niyo na ‘yung bola ng 10 beses -- NU coach Roger Gorayeb on his 'missing' liberos
National University coach Roger Goreyeb lashed out at his pair of liberos after the Lady Bulldogs’ 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21 win over the University of the East Lady Warriors.
He was so disappointed with the performances of Gayle Valdez and Joni Chavez Sunday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament that he made them ride the bench the entire fourth set.
Gorayeb went libero-less, trusting his hitters and middles to man the floor as NU walked out of the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan sporting a 6-4 record tied with University of Sto. Tomas.
No one among Valdez and Chavez registered and excellent reception in the team’s total of 15 while it were setter Jasmine Nabor and hitter Aiko Urdas who had their name listed as top diggers of the match with 12 and 10, respectively, out of the team’s 61.
“Hindi ko na alam, nanonood naman kayo, ever since naman ganyan sila,” Gorayeb said of his floor defense specialists.
“Sabi ko nga doon sa libero ko kanina, maka-depensa lang kasi kayo ng dalawa o tatlong beses ng maganda tapos tatapon niyo na ‘yung bola ng 10 beses,” he added. “Eh kulang na lang ipamalita niyo ‘yun eh hindi naman uubra na ganun.”
Gorayeb pointed out that his liberos must know and do their job to help the team especially in the crucial stretch of the elimination round.
NU and UST are tied at third and fourth spots behind semis-bound Ateneo de Manila (9-1) and reigning champion De La Salle University (8-2). Just a few games behind are Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines, which share 5-5 marks and are also still in contention for the last three semis berths.
“Sabi ko nga sa kanila obligation niyo dumepensa ng isang libong beses hindi ‘yung isa o dalawang beses kasi ‘yun ang trabaho ng libero kundi dumepensa,” he ranted. “Hindi siya pumapalo, hindi siya sume-service so araw-araw ‘yun lang ang trabaho niya. Kasi kaya ka nagli-libero para makapagpahinga ang gitna, plus makatulong sa depensa. ‘Yun lang naman ang trabaho ‘di ko alam bakit sila erratic.”
The Lady Bulldogs need to address their libero problems if they want to advance in the semifinals with Ateneo, UP, FEU and UST still in their list of assignments.
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