Wong admits jitters hampered her first game as starting setter
Philip Matel on Feb 04, 2018 10:01 PM
New Ateneo starting setter Deanna Wong noted the Lady Eagles' need of better receptions. (FILE PHOTO)
New Ateneo Lady Eagles setter Deanna Wong admitted that jitters got the best of her in her first game as a starting setter, but was slowly managed to get her head in the game, and set her sights on setting the ball to her teammates.
Wong also revealed that she had a heart-to-heart talk with one-time UAAP best setter Jia Morado several days before their game against FEU Sunday, with the recently-graduated Morado imparting some tips.
"We talked personally, but like ang sinabi lang niya talaga is confidence lang talaga and tiwala lang sa sarili, kasi everything will follow," Wong said after the game.
As for Ateneo's glaring reception woes, Wong added that she needs to follow Morado's style in converting bad receptions to excellent sets, leading to better scoring opportunities for the team.
The USJ-R standout also mentioned that FEU's 20 service aces from their sub-par receiving need to be remedied and be complemented by their attacks.
"I think as a team, we know na our weakness, and receive talaga. But, um, ano lang, it's our first game, improve lang talaga. Kaya naman. Kahit ma-ace, babawiin naman namin sa spiker points."
In the fifth set, Ateneo blew a 6-1 lead, and Wong delved on the positive side, as the Lady Eagles will use their setbacks Sunday in order to prepare for similar situations in the future.
"Well, sayang lang, sayang lang. We were like up na by like I think five points. But then it's a lesson to be learned lang talaga. I think we have much to improve on lang."
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