UP to use Season 79 heartbreaks as motivation in campaign

Mark Escarlote on Jan 29, 2018 02:19 PM
UP to use Season 79 heartbreaks as motivation in campaign
The heart breaks that University of the Philippines suffered last year will serve as fuel to the Lady Maroons' drive for a UAAP women's volleyball tournament Final Four return.

University of the Philippines is not dwelling on the heartaches that it suffered last year.

With a new coach and a new system, the Lady Maroons are looking at a new beginning and a better showing when the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament opens shop on February 3. 

The Diliman-based squad failed to follow up its Final Four appearance in Season 78 – the team’s first in 13 years – and landed in fifth place last year. It was a sorry campaign for UP as they started strong, winning their first four games before sputtering deep in the season to end with a dismal 7-7 win-loss record.  

“Siyempre we have to move on from that season,” said fourth year setter Ayel Estranero. “Yeah it was heartbreaking, thinking that we really wanted to at least enter the Final 4, and we didn't really achieve our goals.”

UP parted ways with head coach Jerry Yee, who handled the team for four years, and lost three veterans in Nicole Tiamzon, Kathy Bersola and Pia Gaiser from graduation last season.

Kenyan coach Godfrey Okumu took the reins for the Lady Maroons, bringing in a new system.  

“Since we're having an entirely new system, an entirely new coaching style, we're still trying to adapt,” Estranero said. “We're still trying to get used to it because somehow, it's really different from the past system we've gotten used to.”

“Ang expectations, siguro, na maka-adjust kami sa bagong system and ma-apply namin siya sa mga games namin this coming season,” she added. “Hopefully we can perform better with the kind of system we're having now in training.”

Aside from Estranero, Okumu will also have at his disposal veterans Isa Molde, Tots Carlos and Justine Dorog and new faces eager to make their mark in the league.



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