Meneses says Ateneo’s 100 percent wasn’t enough against NU
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 22, 2017 09:28 PM
MORE. Ateneo knows it has got some work to do to figure out NU.
Ateneo de Manila University had 20 service aces on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
And yet, they surrendered a five-setter to National University – yes, the same squad which also dealt them their only defeat in the first round.
Asked why their double-digit aces did not translate into the win column, assistant coach Sherwin Meneses candidly answered, “Oo nga kaso marami ring fault. Lalo na yung mga crucial.”
Indeed, the Lady Eagles wound up with 39 errors – the biggest of which was Jho Maraguinot’s spike that went long and sealed their fate in the fifth set.
And those errors were being committed by many of the players. As Meneses put it, “Maganda rin (naman) laro ni Mich (Morente). Yun lang, may error lang talaga.”
He also added, “Si Jho naman, sa bandang huli, nagkaliyad-liyad na kasi pagod na rin.”
Even with those errors and that tiredness, Meneses said the coaching staff can rest easy knowing that their girls gave their 100 percent.
The only thing is, 100 percent wasn’t enough against the only team to have beaten them this season – twice in two tries now. “Gusto kasi ni coach Tai (Bundit), 110 percent. E 100 lang nabigay,” the assistant coach expressed, half-joking and half-serious.
Still, Meneses said Ateneo remains upbeat especially as it owns the number one spot. “Sabi nga namin, okay lang yung talo kasi at least, yung three games namin, nanalo,” he said, talking about their tough stretch of four games in 11 days.
He then continued, “Walang problema kahit talo kami. ‘Di nakaka-low morale yung pagkatalo kasi five sets nga, 15-13 nga.”
When looking at a potential playoff, or even Finals, matchup against the Lady Bulldogs, however, Mich Morente said they have to realize that they have their work cut out for them. “I think this is a wake up call for us that we still have to push ourselves. Kailangan naming i-push sarili namin para next time makaharap namin sila, makabawi kami,” she said.
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