Tots Carlos: First ball really killed us

Philip Matel on Feb 14, 2018 06:01 PM
Tots Carlos: First ball really killed us
Lady Maroon skipper Tots Carlos was not the one to mince words, saying that the team lacked confidence, especially in the deflating first set.

It was not a pretty sight for the UP Lady Maroons in their three-set loss against the Adamson Lady Falcons.

UP fell in the first set, 9-25. In that set, they gave up eight service aces, with six coming from Mylene Paat. Overall, the Lady Maroons allowed 17 service aces in the game, almost enough for a winning set.

Lady Maroon skipper Tots Carlos was not the one to mince words, saying that the team lacked confidence, especially in the deflating first set.

"Walang kaming like, hindi kami kumpiyansa. Kasi, last time na yung pasa, yung first ball yung naging problem namin, nadala siya sa game na to hindi kami nag-uusap sa court. Ayun. Start ng game, nahirapan kami sa pasa, para naging domino effect na siya," Carlos said after the game.

The third-year player acknowledged that her team's confidence led to their collapse in the game, leading to numerous errors throughout the game.

In the second set, wherein Adamson needed a deuce to come out victorious, Carlos sounded out on her team in their huddles, reprimanding them for their numerous receiving woes, which had continued from their loss against La Salle.

While last year's fifth placers are in the middle of a problem in reception, the girls could never thank new head coach Godfrey Okumu enough for keeping their head up high.

Carlos was even seen doing a special handshake with her coach, which the captain said was for the home team. When asked, she sung high praises for the coach, who had only been the team for several months.

"Coach Okumu, kasi, sobrang maalaga sa players niya. Kakausapin ka niya, kunwari, down ka. Andyan siya to lift you up. Lalo na pag gusto niya yung ginagawa mo, pag nakikinig ka. And pinipili niya maging close kaming lahat."

Although he is seen in games as a calm and collected mentor, Carlos said that the Kenyan Okumu is very much different when it comes to practice.

"Actually, pag training, pinu-push niya kami, as in sumisigaw pag mali yung ginagawa mo. Ang isisigaw niya yung mali mo, kung ano dapat gawin."

Whether Okumu's constructive criticism worked on the team is a different story, but Carlos is very much happy the whole team is trying to connect with their coach, a positive sign for the team in the future."

"I can say na comfortable kami, basta makikinig lang kami. So, kailangan ma-follow lang ang instructions na binibigay niya. Hindi naman kami nahihirapan ng sobra. Kailangan lang talaga naman mag-focus."

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