Coach Tai makes his UAAP Volleyball exit: I love Ateneo

Paul Lintag on Apr 21, 2018 08:14 PM
Coach Tai makes his UAAP Volleyball exit: I love Ateneo
The decorated coach made his exit from Ateneo officially official Saturday as his Lady Eagles got the boot from Far Eastern Univeristy in the playoffs at the MOA Arena.

After five Final Four appearances, four Finals, and two championships, Tai Bundit is leaving Katipunan to go back home to Thailand.

The decorated coach made his exit from Ateneo officially official Saturday as his Lady Eagles got the boot from Far Eastern Univeristy in the playoffs at the MOA Arena.

Ateneo, ranked third in Season 80, lost in four sets to the no. 2 Lady Tamaraws. It marked the first time in seven seasons that Katipunan will not properly compete for the title.

It's also the first time in the Tai Bundit-era that the Lady Eagles missed the championship round.

In his limited English, Bundit confirmed his exit with the team.

"Yes," he said when asked if it's his last game coaching Ateneo in the UAAP.

"End of contract," Bundit added, citing the reason.

Regardless of the rather disappointing result compared to their recent standards, Bundit was proud of his wards for the way they fought all season.

Coach Tai was mostly proud of how the Lady Eagles recovered from a 0-2 start to make the Final Four.

"Ateneo did really good already, they have top-3. We have new setter, we have new libero, but we can go Final Four. Very good for me already," Bundit said.

As he makes his exit, coach Tai made sure to properly express his feelings to the team that made him a household name in the Philippines.

In the end, it's still "Happy, Happy" for coach Tai.

"I love Ateneo. I love my players. I love alumni, I love Ateneo fans," he said.

"Everything Ateneo. Ateneo helped me have a big name here. I love Philippine fans, they were very kind to me. I love my players, they were working hard with me everytime," Bundit added.

Bundit did confirm that he'll be back to coach Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League but as for his stint in Ateneo, coach Tai is officially out.

Truly an end of a particular era for Katipunan.

 

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