UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Hanggang sa pagtanda namin dala namin 'to -- Reyes on loss to UE
Maging aral sa amin, sa mga bata, na protektahan syempre ‘yung pride ng eskwelahan and good naman para sa University of the East na overcome nila ang ano. Good season sila ngayon, nakadalawa na sila -- UST coach Kungfu Reyes
The current University of Sto. Tomas crew will carry their painful loss to University of the East for a long time.
Head coach Kungfu Reyes even during his college years never saw the Tigresses fall against the Lady Warriors.
On Wednesday, he and the rest of his UST wards saw themselves on the wrong side of history when UE scored a huge upset, 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24 in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Actually noong naglaro ako never heard na nanalo (ang UE sa UST) that’s why I told them kanina gawin niyo na lang para sa eskwelahan. ‘Pag natalo tayo dito gagawa kayo ng history hanggang sa pagtanda niyo dala natin ‘to, sama-sama,” he said.The Tigresses were a point away from taking both the third and fourth sets but UST just couldn’t close those frames.
The loss pushed the Espana-based squad on the brink of missing the cut in the Final Four race as the Tigresses slid to a 2-6 win-loss record, tied with their tormentors, who won their first back-to-back games in six years after lumbering in the cellar for years.
It marked the first time the Lady Warriors prevailed over the Tigresses in the Final Four era that started in 1994.
“So history happened ngayon,” said Reyes, who played for UST's men's team from 1998 to 2002 winning three titles and a couple of runner up finishes. “Maging aral sa amin, sa mga bata, na protektahan syempre ‘yung pride ng eskwelahan and good naman para sa University of the East na overcome nila ang ano. Good season sila ngayon, nakadalawa na sila.”
UE’s win against UST came following its five-set upset over Adamson University last Sunday at the close of the first round.
“Daig pa kami ng Adamson, buti pa sila naka-fifth set. Pero buti naka-apat pa kami,” said Reyes, whose wards need to win their remaining six games to advance to the Final Four.
“So ‘yun nga sabi nga nila weather weather lang, so panahon nila, kami ‘yung medyo na out compose pagdating sa dulo,” he added. “So ano pa ba ang pwede naming gawin kundi magtyaga pa ulit at paghirapan ulit ang mga susunod pang training para sa mga susunod pang laban.”
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