UE coach Vicente: Our starters think too highly of themselves
UE head coach Francis Vicente lamented that his starters lacked effort and played too complacent, letting the game slip away from them.
UE Lady Warriors head coach Francis Vicente said that his wards still don't have a sense of urgency amidst their 0-2 start in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament.
Vicente rued that his players should be more inspired in playing UST since they rallied and forced a five-setter, but came up short against UP in their maiden game.
"Dapat mas inspired sa nangyari noong first game, pero ngayon, para kaming, sabihin na natin hindi pinag-aralan yung kalaban eh," the coach said after their 17-25, 15-25, 21-25 loss to UST at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
"Siguro, we just learn from this game, yun nga lagi kong sabi, 'di basta inaabot ang game sa isang team."
In the third set, where UE rallied and made the score much closer than in the previous two, Vicente subbed out his starters for his bench, since he said were more motivated to play against the Golden Tigresses.
The national team head coach further explained that his starters lacked effort and played too complacent, letting the game slip away from them.
"Kailangan ang mga beterano namin mag-step up talaga. Nag-rerelax eh. Yung starters, nagrerelax masyado, masyadong hindi nila ma-kontrol yung kumpiyansa nila sa sarili kaya tuloy marami nagiging mali."
When asked on veteran Shaya Adorador's sub-par performance in their first two games, Vicente could only speculate on why his open hitter posted unimpressive numbers even for her standards, in which she finished with only two points.
"Nagtataka lang ako kung bakit bumababa yung laro niya. Samantalang hindi naman matagal ang naging bakasyon niya para hindi makapag-ensayo."
Vicente revealed that Adorador had been missing some practice time since she was taking her internship, but could not reveal on other possible reasons why one of his star players was having trouble.
"Maaring may ibang bagay kung bakit nagiging ganoon. I cannot tell you the details pero try ko kausapin siya kung bakit ganoon. Baka may problema sa ibang bagay, naapektuhan ang laro niya."
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