UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Kailangan ilabas ang tapang -- Dy

Mark Escarlote on Feb 21, 2018 09:56 PM
UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Kailangan ilabas ang tapang -- Dy
You know right after we lost to NU, we went straight back to our gym to fix our mistakes -- Kim Kianna Dy on DLSU rediscovering the trait that turned the Lady Spikers into one of the most successful volleyball program in the league

After a humbling experience at the hands of National University last Sunday, grand slam-seeking De La Salle University realized what was lacking early in their campaign in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.

It took the Lady Spikers a painful loss and an extra set of training after that for them to discover an important facet of their game that went missing.     

“’You know right after we lost to NU, we went straight back to our gym to fix our mistakes,” said graduating opposite hitter Kim Kianna Dy.

“Syempre dun pa lang lumabas yung tapang namin. Sinabi nga ni coach (Ramil De Jesus) bakit hindi kayo matapang nu’ng game, bakit ngayon matapang kayo?”

DLSU responded with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-20, drubbing of University of the East Wednesday to get back on the winning track and erase its five-set defeat against the unbeaten Lady Bulldogs three days before.

“So ngayon, na-address namin yung kailangan matapos agad, hindi dapat maging complacent na we’re two sets ahead, and then biglang bibitawan lang," said Dy, who had eight points against the Lady Warriors.

Desiree Cheng and reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron scored 13 points each while Aduke Ogunsanya finished with 12 as the Lady Spikers improved to 4-1 win-loss record behind NU. 

“Well 'yung purpose ng pagbalik namin sa La Salle. Siguro during the game nung Sunday, ni-remind ko lang sila na dapat kilala niyo 'yung sarili niyo, kung sino kayo,” said De Jesus, whose squad went straight to training in DLSU after absorbing a 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, 17-25, 14-16, defeat to NU.

It was a sorry loss for the Lady Spikers as they squandered a 12-8 lead in the fifth set. NU took a 14-13 lead in that frame after Jaja Santiago caught fire. Dy saved a match point but the Lady Bulldogs stole the win after a Santiago kill followed by an Aiko Urdas off the block attack. 

“’Minsan kasi, nakakalimutan niyo kung sino na kayo’, sabi kong ganoon. Ang dami niyong pinagdaanan, ang dami niyong experience na pinag-daanan. So pagdating sa mga ganyang klase ng game, dapat kilala niyo 'yung sarili niyo, kung ano 'yung aasahan ng team sa inyo. So 'yun lang naman din,” added De Jesus.

Dy admitted that they deserved that extra training.

“’Pag sinabi na ni coach yun na walang magbibihis, diretso tayo La Salle, alam na namin. We know that we deserved what happened. Yung right after, training. Wala eh, natalo kami so kailangan ayusin yung mga kulang pa namin,” she said.

“I think one of the things na super important na natutunan namin right after, yung ginagawa namin after the game, is tapang dapat. Kasi may mga drills na hindi ka... it’s a drill, tapos di ka titigil hangga’t sinabi ni coach. So you have to show your toughness, you have to show na di ka maggi-give up,” Dy added. “So para siyang connected sa game. You shouldn’t give up until 25.”

 

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