UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Magaling kasi ang coach namin -- Dy on De Jesus after DLSU's 18th postseason stint under his watch
Mark Escarlote on Mar 24, 2018 09:29 PM
De La Salle University continued its winning tradition after another UAAP women's volleyball postseason appearance.
De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus clinched his 18th postseason stint in his 20th season with the Lady Spikers Saturday night as a testament of the winning culture he cultivated.
The Lady Spikers cruised past University of the East Lady Warriors, 25-8, 25-14, 25-12, to book the first Final Four berth in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“It’s a good feeling na we’re back sa Final Four and we owe it all to our coach na ganoon ang tradition ng La Salle kasi magaling ang coach namin,” said graduating hitter Kim Kianna Dy, who scored 11 points in DLSU’s ninth win in 11 games that solidified the Taft-based squad’s hold of the solo lead.
“He trains us to be the best that we can be so we show it sa games,” added the opposite hitter, who is looking to leave a winning legacy just like the players ahead of her.
The Lady Spikers punched their ninth straight Final Four ticket and 10th postseason appearance including an outright Finals berth in Season 76.
De Jesus, the longest tenured tactician in the league and architect of all of DLSU’s 10 UAAP titles, credited all the players he mentored in his two decades of coaching for the success of their volleyball program.
“Siguro hard work ‘yun (semis streak). Tapos pangalawa ‘yung mga bata kasi generation to next generation, ‘yun siguro ang nakikita nila sa mga iniiwan sa kanila ng mga senior players nila and then naa-adapt nila ang tradition ng team,” said De Jesus.
The mentor molded the likes of Iris Ortega-Patrona, Desiree Hernandez, Maureen Penetrante, the legendary Manilla Santos, Cha Cruz, Paneng Mercado, Jacq Alarca, Michele Gumabao, Melissa Gohing, Aby Marano, Ara Galang, Mika Reyes and Kim Fajardo to name a few.
“Isa kasi sa mga hinahanap ng team ‘yung hindi pupuwedeng papasok ka lang sa loob ng court so dapat ‘yung heart nandoon palagi,” De Jesus said. “So all out palagi, ‘yung character dapat dini-develop inside and outside the court.”
Even with securing a Final Four berth, De Jesus said that there will be no let up on the side of DLSU as they target to complete a sweep of the second round.
“Well ah sa ngayon hindi ko pa iniisip (ang Final Four) basta ang iniisip ko ‘pag may dumating na kalaban paghandaan, bumawi doon sa mga tumalo sa amin noong first round so ‘yun muna ang goal naming,” he said. “Then kung kakayanin masweep ang second round isa ‘yun sa mga goal naming.”
The Lady Spikers will return to action on April 8 against University of Sto. Tomas, first round tormentor Adamson University (April 11) before the marquee match with their archrival Ateneo de Manila University on April 15 at the close of the elims.
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