UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Pam-barangay lang ang laro ninyo -- De Jesus on DLSU after the Lady Spikers' loss to Adamson
Mark Escarlote on Feb 24, 2018 09:01 PM
Dapat kapag suot mo ang jersey ng La Salle dapat larong La Salle ang gagawin mo, hindi ‘yung, sabi ko nga kanina, parang ang suot mo isang team lang sa barangay eh -- DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus
Two-time defending champion De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus lashed at his wards after a shocking four-set loss over Adamson University in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Saturday.
He wanted the Lady Spikers to wake up from their sub-par performance that led to an 18-25, 25-15, 19-25, 22-25, defeat over a team that they have dominated for a decade.
It was a searing comment inside their locker room at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan that he hoped will make his players rediscover the fire that gave DLSU the reputation as one of the most successful volleyball programs in the league.
“Well, sinabi ko naman ang mga hindi nila nagawa and nagawa ng Adamson para sa team nila so ‘yun lang naman ang mga ni-remind ko,” he said.
But the next statement proved that De Jesus is dead serious in wanting his squad to shape up. The loss was their second in six outings and second in three games.
“Dapat kapag suot mo ang jersey ng La Salle dapat larong La Salle ang gagawin mo, hindi ‘yung, sabi ko nga kanina, parang ang suot mo isang team lang sa barangay eh,” he said. “’Pam-barangay lang ang laro niyo, doon lang kayo bagay, hindi kayo bagay sa UAAP.’”
The Taft-based squad were sluggish the whole game and were weak on their net defense as Adamson hitters nailed 46 kills. The Lady Falcons were better at the net as they outblocked the Lady Spikers, 13-6.
It didn’t help that sophomore setter Michelle Cobb faded in her duel with veteran Adamson playmaker Fenela Emnas, who tallied 43 excellent sets compared to her La Salle counterpart’s 29.
But what hurt DLSU the most was the fact that it was its former player, opposite hitter Eli Soyud who did most of the damage.
Soyud, who last donned a Lady Spikers jersey in Season 78, scored 18 points on 13 hits, three kills blocks and two aces while Mylene Paat and Joy Dacoron finished with 15 markers each with a combined nine kill blocks.
The Lady Spikers went up 9-5 in the fourth set only to watch the Lady Falcons overtake them with a telling run to take a 17-10 lead that dictated the direction on the match.
It also marked the first defeat of DLSU over Adamson in a decade. The Lady Falcons submitted the Lady Spikers in Season 70 when the Rissa Laguilles and Angela Benting-led Adamson squad defeated the Carla Llaguno and Jacq Alarca-bannered Lady Spikers, 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16, on January 23, 2008.
“Well sabi ko nga sa kanila ngayon lang ata nangyari sa akin ‘yung naulit ang pagkatalo namin sa Adamson since matagal na ‘yun naglaban pa ng Finals ang Adamson noon at FEU so ‘yun lang ‘yun tapos ito na ulit,” said De Jesus. “Well talagang deserving naman talaga ang Adamson na manalo kasi all out naman talaga lahat.”
It took DLSU players some time to emerge from the dugout.
“Dito ngayon very emotional eh. First time nila na nakita kong ganyan nagkausap, so hopefully magising. Oo (nag-usap sila), ako naman evaluation lang ako sa game kung ano ang dapat i-adjust and ang character bilang player dapat mapag-usapan ‘yun ng mga team kasi sila ang magkakasama sa loob ng court eh,” De Jesus said.
DLSU will face Ateneo de Manila University on March 3 at the end of the first round.
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