UP banking on total team effort to move on from struggles

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 22, 2017 08:40 PM
UP banking on total team effort to move on from struggles
TOP TO BOTTOM. From the coaches to the players, everybody is doing their part to get UP back on track.

Only having won twice in its last seven, the University of the Philippines has undoubtedly fallen far from the top of the ladder it once reached.

And no one from the Lady Maroons are about to mince words about what they have been going through. “Nasa process pa lang kami sa pag-recover sa sunod-sunod na talo. Dun sa mental toughness ng mga bata, nandoon pa kami sa phase na nagre-regroup at nagbi-build ulit unti-unti,” assistant coach Rald Ricafort shared.

From a 4-0 start to the season, State U now only stands at 6-5 – grouped together with Far Eastern University, National University, and University of Sto. Tomas for the last two playoff spots.

The good news for the Diliman faithful is that their volleyball team – from the coaching staff to the players – is hard at work to move on from those struggles.

As it turns out, coach Jerry Yee has even eased up on the scolding. “Sa training, hindi na siya yung parang dati na nagagalit talaga. (Ngayon), siya na mismo yung nagmo-motivate sa amin,” Isa Molde shared.

And the players themselves are doing their part as well – even someone like Molde who is only in her second season and is only 17-years-old. Asked who has been taking on more of a leadership role for the struggling squad, she answered, “Ewan ko kung ano yung nakikita ng mga tao, pero kung nandyan na (kahit sino sa amin) sa court, naglalaro lang kami.”

She then continued, “Tapos i-cheer up lang yung teammate na down. Ipaalala sa kanila na maglaro lang din and mag-enjoy.”


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