Di bale ng mamatay huwag lang mapahiya -- UST coach Reyes
Mark Escarlote on Mar 25, 2017 08:30 PM
'Di bale ng mamatay huwag lang mapahiya, ‘yun ang labanan namin. Trabaho lang talaga -- UST coach Kungfu Reyes
Even after capturing a crucial win that pushed University of Sto. Tomas closer to a Final Four berth, Tigresses coach Kungfu Reyes wants his team to treat their remaining three matches in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament as do-or-die games.
The Espana-based squad climbed to a tie for the third and fourth spots with National University with identical 7-4 win-loss records after completing an elims head-to-head sweep against Far Eastern University, 17-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-21, Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
UST is just a win away from securing at least playoff for a semis seat. The early qualifiers are Ateneo de Manila (9-2) and defending champion De La Salle (9-2).
Still, Reyes doesn’t want to put their return in the Final Four after missing the cut in the last four editions to chance.
UST’s last three assignments are against the defending champion De La Salle University on Wednesday, University of the Philippines on April 2 before closing the elims against NU on April 8.
“Ano na ito labanan na ng lahi ito. Ubusan na ‘to,” said Reyes, a staff sergeant in the Philippine Army. “Di bale ng mamatay huwag lang mapahiya, ‘yun ang labanan namin. Trabaho lang talaga.”
Aside from UST and NU, University of the Philippines (6-5) and FEU (5-6) are all still in contention for the remaining Final Four tickets.
“Dikit-dikit pa rin eh, anybody’s ballgame. Di pa rin namin kino-consider as kung makawalo (panalo) ka (pasok ka na), hindi pa rin eh,” Reyes added. “Kung kaya namin ipanalo hanggang sa dulo ang last three games namin mas maganda.”
With UST’s current standings, the Tigresses can still vie for the top two spots and a twice-to-beat semis advantage.
“Hopiang munggo pa rin kami kahit papaano. Di kami tumitigil na mag-settle kami ng less. Kung kaya naming umakyat pa magi-aim na lang kami ng mas mataas. Kung kaya pa naming kumuha ng twice-to-beat advantage,” Reyes’ bold statement. “Pero ewan ko suntok sa buwan na 'yun siguro o malabo pa sa sabaw ng pusit.”
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