UAAP Volleyball: UP coach Okumu: We never recovered from 1st set
Despite the loss, UP head coach Godfrey Okumu said that the team should not put their heads down, but should fight and come back afterwards.
UP Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu admitted that his wards lost composure and did not come back from a very deflating first set loss to the Adamson Lady Falcons to eventually give up the game in straight sets.
In the first set, the Lady Maroons were able to give away eight service aces in the first set, compared to UP's nine points overall.
The Kenyan tactician admitted that nothing worked for the team in the set, but the team strived to push hard in the second and third, but ultimately came up short.
"We were able to push but I think it was little too much too late in our fighting. We did not start well, that's why the results were not good. We should have played better in the first set," Okumu said after the game.
Adding to his explaination the newly-minted coach said that the first-set loss was really a big deal for him, since it set the tone for the team for the remainder of the match.
"If you start well, you play well all through. But if you start in a shaky way the way we were shaking with our passing, then that's how we get the results."
After the game, Okumu really dug deep into his team, talking about their mistakes and adjustments in the game for more than an hour in their dugout.
The coach explained that he talked about the team moving forward, and regrouping them for their next match-up, which will be the FEU Tamaraws on Saturday.
"I arrived about a month ago so we are trying to work on things as a team. I'm trying to bring the team together, why we lost, what we should have done better, and way forward. "
Despite the loss, Okumu said that the team should not put their heads down, but should fight and come back afterwards, and look at their receiving woes, which had been plaguing the team since the start of the season.
"We have a game on Saturday so we have to really think on what was wrong so that we don't start that way. We started in a very slow way so I believe that by Saturday we have adjusted."