UAAP Volleyball: FEU Coach Pascua to vets: Don't be choosy in sets
Philip Matel on Feb 14, 2018 08:27 PM
The FEU Lady Tamaraws gave up 114 errors in their three games, all five setters. When calculated, FEU currently gives away 38 errors a game, or 7.6 extra points for their opponents per set.
FEU Lady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua told his veterans not to be choosy and just settle with the sets his setters are giving his wards after another five-set loss, this time at the hands of the De La Salle Lady Spikers.
In the game, the returning tactician admitted that the sets being given to his attackers Bernadeth Pons and Toni Rose Basas were not as good as he hoped, and just asked his older players to settle with the skills his setters have.
When further asked about Pons or Basas, Pascua said that his veterans need to adjust, since they already knew the tendencies of their younger teammates instead of getting frustrated.
"Sabi ko kasi sa [players ko], team effort yan eh. So kung ano yung binigay ng setter ninyo, pagtiyagaan niyo na lang. Bilang beterano, diba, wag na kayo mamili ng magandang set, kilala niyo naman ang bawat isa. Tulong-tulong na lang."
Regarding his setters Gel Cayuna and Kyle Negrito battling for the starting six, Pascua mentioned that his team does not possess a permanent line-up and only bases them off the players' previous performances in either practice or their previous game.
"Yun nga lang, dadalawa lang sila, siyempre pag di maganda laro noong isa, talagang ilalabas mo siya. Unfortunately, pag pinasok mo yung isa, same pa rin ang ginagawa. Yun ang mga bagay na gusto kong gawan ng solusyon pa. Okay naman sila sa training eh. Walang problema. Pagdating lang sa court. Doon pa. "
The coach added that his setters' problems are mostly mental, and hopes that he can change their mindsets by the end of the first round.
While the Lady Tams were down 2 sets to none, they managed to stage a furious comeback and force a fifth set -- only to miserably come up short again.
Pascua attributed the failed comeback to exhaustion, and a very thin bench.
As his team currently gives up 38 extra points per game due to errors, which calculates to 7.6 points per set, the team ultimately had its downfall in the fifth set as they gave up seven errors, a trait the former Tamaraw hopes to turn around by the end of the first round.
"Yun lang talaga ang problema namin. Ang mindset at yung decision-making ng mga setters. Kailangan maging consistent sila sa mga binibigay nilang set."
For FEU, which will face error-laden UP on Saturday, Pascua is not banking on their opponent's woes to grab the their second win of the season.
"Bounce back kasi kailangan namin manalo. Ang UP di rin naman basta basta na team yan. Lumalaban din yan. Kasi ang labanan ngayon, labanan ng character ng team eh. Labanan ng pride eh. Yun na lang siguro. Though andun naman kami, minimize lang talaga yung unforced errors. Kaya naman eh."