UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Tapos na kami sa Ateneo, so it's about time na mag-focus kami sa susunod na game -- De Jesus
Tapos na kami sa Ateneo, so it's about time na mag-focus kami sa susunod na game, which is 'yung semis against NU -- DLSU head coach Ramil De Jesus
Done with their elimination round assignment, two-time defending champion De La Salle University head coach Ramil de Jesus is now looking at the bigger picture – steering the Lady Spikers to their 18th championship appearance.
DLSU made quick work of archrival Ateneo de Manila University, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19, Sunday to complete a sweep of the second round elimination of the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.
The Lady Spikers closed the elims with a 12-2 win-loss record and collected their eighth straight win, building momentum heading into the Final Four against National University where the Taft-based squad enjoys a twice-to-beat advantage.
“Well, sabi ko nga, one game at a time. Tapos na kami sa Ateneo, so it's about time na mag-focus kami sa susunod na game, which is 'yung semis against NU,” said De Jesus, whose squad completed an elims sweep of the Lady Eagles for the first time in four years.
DLSU disposed Ateneo in an emphatic fashion compared to its four-set win over the Lady Eagles in the first round.
But De Jesus, who is looking for his 11th title and third grand slam, reminded his wards that the much-hyped up match between two of the most popular teams in the league were just a couple of games in the elimination round.
What is important, he said, are the remaining postseason season matches that will determine their place in history.
“Sabi ko sa kanila, at lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila, itong buong eliminations, hindi importante ito,” said the mentor. “Ang pinaka-importanteng game ay pagdating ng semis at tsaka ng Finals, kung aabutin ng Finals. So 'yun lang ang motivation. 'Yung importanteng game, kailangan paghandaan.”
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