UAAP Volleyball: We need to capitalize on the first set -- Okumu

We need to capitalize on the first set -- Okumu
UP's reception woes came into full display during their game, allowing the defending champions to score 15 points from service aces alone.

UP Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu says that if the team has a chance to win games, by tradition they have to win the first set.

By checking UP's three wins this season, two of those proved the 'tradition', showing it in their wins against UE and Adamson, respectively.

The lone exception came in their match against the UST Golden Tigresses, in which they lost in a 31-33 decision, before taking the next three straight sets.

"I was told that was the tradition of UP, that we win the first set, and that's a sign of winning the game," Okumu said after the game.

Despite allegedly being told of this 'tradition', the Kenyan tactician clarified that the team needs to take the win no matter what result it may be in the first set, especially that they are trying to make a run at a crowded Final Four race, and will try to change said tradition.

Moreover, their reception woes came into full display during their game, allowing the defending champions to score 15 points from service aces alone.

Okumu rued his team's lack of a great mindset that ultimately killed them, and added that his wards need to discuss their woes in the first ball.

"We were not paying attention. I think we did not concentrate. I think we need to be a lot more (attentive) to be able to pass well. We'll discuss that as a team, and I believe we will reach there."

Regarding the tough Final Four race, Okumu stressed the need of his team to notch the W if they want to extend their season, and try to rectify their problems in the receiving department, a complication that has been a major problem for them in the tournament.

"It seems that they got the same chance balls but they use them against us. I think that's what brought us down. But, I believe we're going to work on that, and come back strong."

The UP coach added that the team will continue to work on their passing in practice, in order to read the defense, may it come from in system or out of system balls.

"Because without a good pass, we can't execute well. We used to execute well, but when you start passing well, with a lot of combinations."

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