UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU to use hunger for 30th title as motivation in Final Four
Unang-una, ang pressure dapat, sa mga players kasi 30, tapos kami pa yung host. So yung pagkakataon na yun, yun ang ayaw naming pakawalan. Yung 30th (title) tapos, kami pa yung host, tapos (Season) 80 -- FEU coach George Pascua
Already in the Final Four armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the semis against Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University hopes to relive the glory days of the winningest women’s volleyball program in the UAAP.
The Lady Tamaraws finished Season 80 elimination round with a three-game winning streak capped with a 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, victory over National University Sunday at the MOA Arena for an 11-3 win-loss record.
Two-time defending champion De La Salle University's straight sets, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19, win over the Lady Eagles in their end of elims battle handed FEU a semis advantage against Ateneo. The Final Four duel will begin on April 21.
Head coach George Pascua wants his wards to use their hunger for the school’s 30th title and first since Season 70 as motivation.
“Kahit noon pa naman kasi, ang volleyball ay FEU-UST sa babae. So gusto lang namin ibalik,” said Pascua.
“Unang-una, ang pressure dapat, sa mga players kasi 30, tapos kami pa yung host. So yung pagkakataon na yun, yun ang ayaw naming pakawalan. Yung 30th (title) tapos, kami pa yung host, tapos (Season) 80,” he added. “'Yung 80, na 'yun, 'yun ang age ata ng may-ari ng FEU, si Ma'am Lourdes (Reyes Montinola), so parang nagka-ano 'yung pagakakataon.”
Pascua also liked the chances of the Lady Tams this time especially with his players showing maturity and mental toughness.
“’Yung mga games naman namin, ang na-gain namin doon ay nagma-mature ang mga players, nagkakaroon ng self-confidence, at nagle-level up yung skill level nila. Tsaka 'yung mental toughness nila, naha-handle na nila 'yung pressure,” the mentor said. “Like kanina, pagdating sa 20, gumaganoon na. Unlike before na pagdating sa 20, bumababa. So nama-manage na namin. 'Yun ang na-gain namin this season.”
“So hopefully, hanggang sa Finals, kung papalarin talaga, pero yun ang talagang goal namin, sana tuloy-tuloy,” Pascua added.
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