UAAP Season 81: Dapat ‘wag makuntento ang team -- Diaz

Mark Escarlote on Feb 16, 2019 04:09 PM
UAAP Season 81: Dapat ‘wag makuntento ang team -- Diaz
Far Eastern University hopes to capitalize on its big win against defending champion National University to open the UAAP Season 81 men's volleyball tournament.

Far Eastern University built huge momentum after crushing defending champion National University in straight sets to open the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament.

It took the Tamaraws a quick 70-minute workout to dispose the still adjusting Bulldogs, 25-12, 25-18, 25-17, Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre, but head coach Rey Diaz warned his wards that the season’s just starting.    

“Maganda siyang simula kasi we defeated NU. Alam natin nagbigay sila ng titulo para sa Pilipinas. Pero dapat bantayan kasi mahirap na kalaban sa isang team ay ‘yung overconfidence,” said Diaz after their win over the 2018 ASEAN University Games gold medalists.

“‘Dapat ‘wag makuntento ang team. ‘Yun lang ang gagawin ko, na paaalalahanan na wag maging kuntento ang team kasi ang season nagsisimula pa lang. Alam naman natin ang UAAP habang tumatagal mas sumasaya,” Diaz added.

FEU played a very disciplined game, picking high percentage attacks behind Owen Suarez’s heady plays and limiting the number of errors committed to only nine compared to NU’s atrocious 32 miscues.  

The Tams took advantage of the Bulldogs’ struggles in adjusting to rookie setter Joshua Retamar, who took the starting position after veteran playmaker Kim Dayandante was deemed ineligible for his final season.

Skipper Richard Solis and the rest of his FEU crew know that they still have a long way to go in their journey.   

“Sa amin, natalo namin ang champion pero ‘wag magre-relax kasi sabi ni coach mahaba pa ang tatahakin, may mga struggle pa kaming haharapin,” said Solis, who had nine points. “Always mag-ensayo ng mabuti para sa mga sususunod pang makakalaban.”

FEU will take on University of the Philippines, which suffered a four-set upset loss to University of the East, on Wednesday.

 

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