UAAP VOLLEYBALL: We're still a work in progress -- Okumu
If you can see what we are doing, we are trying to work on our receiving system, on who stays where. We're still working on it. It will take time -- UP coach Godfrey Okumu
University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu saw the Lady Maroons’ flaws that they need to address as the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball progresses.
Just three months since replacing Jerry Yee, the Kenyan mentor admitted that UP is still a work in progress.
The Lady Maroons controlled the first two sets but relaxed in the next two before banking on veterans’ Tots Carlos and Isa Carlos’ composure down the stretch to pull off a 25-19, 25-13, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8 victory at the MOA Arena on Sunday.
“If you can see what we are doing, we are trying to work on our receiving system, on who stays where. We're still working on it. It will take time,” said Okumu.
“Probably towards the end of the (elimination round), we will have learned on how to do it,” he added. “But we're still working. The team is still in the building stages.”
Okumu pointed to his wards’ passing that was suspect during the sets that they yielded to UE. It didn’t help that the Lady Maroons committed anm atrocious 46 errors.
“Our passing (was a problem). We didn't pass well. I kept on insisting on passing, that's my philosophy,” he said. “In volleyball, if you don't pass, it's hard, it's very hard. So we have to work on our passing.”
“That's the only thing I insisted. Also, defense. If you pass well, you execute. If you defend well, you score points. So I'll just say yeah, I insisted on passing,” Okumu added. “That's what I was telling my team. Let's pass, let's pass, and then defend aggressively.”
Still, Okumu praised his wards’ character and composure at crunch time.
“It's still a good win, it's a good start for my team and I'm very happy,” he said. “I'm proud of the way my team played tonight.”
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