UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Itong darating na Finals, very exciting -- De Jesus
Mark Escarlote on Apr 22, 2018 08:04 PM
Kung sino siguro 'yung mas may gusto, or sino 'yung mas may puso sa game, ayun siguro 'yung suswertehin or papalarin -- DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus
After making its 10th straight Finals appearance, grand slam-seeking De La Salle University braces for a tough 80th UAAP women’s volleyball championship series against a very hungry Far Eastern University.
It has been almost a decade since the two team’s crossed paths for the title but Lady Spikers head coach Ramil de Jesus, who steered DLSU in dethroning the Lady Tamaraws in Season 71, expects the same intense battle with DLSU hoping to score a third grand slam while FEU is out to claim its 30th crown overall.
DLSU swept FEU in the elimination round but needed five sets to dispose the Lady Tams both times.
“Well alam naman natin na first round, second round, both five sets ang inabot namin ng FEU,” said De Jesus moments after the Taft-based squad’s 27-25, 25-22, 25-11, sweep of no. 4 seed National University in the Final Four Sunday at the MOA Arena.
“So siguro itong darating na Finals, very exciting,” added De Jesus.
Game 1 of the Finals is on April 28 at the Big Dome.
FEU snatched the first championship berth Saturday after booting out Ateneo de Manila University, 25-20, 25-21, 14-25, 25-19, and snapping the six straight DLSU-Ateneo championship rivalry.
De Jesus for the first time in his career will take on a former FEU men’s volleyball squad teammate in Lady Tams coach George Pascua.
“Sabi ko nga kay Boom (Gonzales) kanina, matiyagang tao si George, maganda 'yung ginagawa niya ngayon sa team, and siguro ano, kailangan talaga bantayan 'yung FEU kasi alam ko matiyagang tao 'yun,” said De Jesus of Pascua.
The DLSU mentor knows that the series could go either way and it will be decided on which team wants it the most.
“Kung sino siguro 'yung mas may gusto, or sino 'yung mas may puso sa game, ayun siguro 'yung suswertehin or papalarin,” he said.
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