UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL: Stronger mind, better Lady Warriors

Mark Escarlote on Jan 26, 2018 06:10 PM
UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL: Stronger mind, better Lady Warriors
University of the East hired a sports psychologist during the preseason to help ready the Lady Warriors' minds for the coming UAAP women's volleyball wars.

University of the East head coach Francis Vicente gave premium on enhancing the mental toughness of the Lady Warriors for the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, that’s why he sought the help of a professional during their preseason build-up.

The fourth-year mentor stressed that he wanted his team to be mentally ready for their campaign in the country’s premier collegiate league.

And to do that, UE hired a sports psychologist to help the Lady Warriors.     

“’Pag dating sa preparation we had several things to do in particular with the mindset of each individual para totally ma-put behind na nila ‘yung nakaraan nila,” said Vicente, who is also the national women’s team coach.

“In my fourth year, nag-hire kami ng sports psychologist to help the team in terms of mind setting. ‘Yun ‘yung naging preparation nila,” he said.

In his first three years with the red and white, Vicente only had two wins under his watch: one each in Seasons 78 and 79.

But with top hitter Shaya Adorador, who is on her last playing year, Judith Abil, Season 77 Rookie of the Year Kat Arado and 6-foot-1 hitter Roselle Baliton back in the fold with a couple additions, Vicente hopes for a better showing this time.   

According to Vicente a couple of players won’t be able to suit up this year.

Jasmine Alcayde sustained an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury while Angelica Dacaymat is busy with her on the job training and could not commit to the team.

But the Lady Warriors will field in new recruits and players from UE’s Team B in 5-foot-11 Isabelle Camama, 5-foot-11 middle Erika Lopez, 6-foot-2 Remcel Santos and Mia Manabat.

Vicente was quick to downplay the height advantage that the Lady Warriors seemed to have this season. He pointed out that its his wards’ mindset that will make the difference.

“Alam mo wala namang advantage tsaka disadvantage d’yan. They just need to perform at the highest level,” he said. “Ano ba yung highest level na yun? Yun na yung pinilit nilang baguhin ‘yung pananaw nila sa kalaban nila.”

“’Yung pag nakita nila ‘yung kalaban nila kalaban nila feelin nila talo na sila kaagad. ‘Pag na-overcome nila ‘yun at inisip nilang 'Hindi, kaya namin to. Gagawin namin lahat. Three sets, five sets basta pipilitin namin manalo dito.'”

‘Yun yung dapat magiging advantage ng isang team, ‘yung mindset.”

Something that Vicente believes that they have this year.




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