UAAP 81: Coach O on different life as Ateneo mentor: “Moods of the women players talagang iba“

Paul Lintag on Feb 20, 2019 04:48 PM
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“Iba, iba yung women’s sa men’s. Grabe,” Ateneo Lady Eagles coach Oliver Almadro.

Coach Oliver Almadro has won a lot of volleyball games for Ateneo de Manila.

A lot.

But Wednesday at the San Juan Arena, the one who helped erect a Blue Eagle dynasty in the UAAP men’s division finally had his first victory as head coach of the women’s team following the Lady Eagles’ four-set win over UST for UAAP Season 81.

Coach O says it’s pretty different, all things considered.

“Iba, iba yung women’s sa men’s. Grabe,” he said.

“Syempre I thank the Lord kasi binigay Niya yun first win ko here dito sa UAAP women’s,” Almadro added.

Following a bitter loss to rival La Salle in their opener, the Lady Eagles bounced back accordingly against UST.

After a bummer of a third set, Ateneo proved to be steadier in the fourth and the Katipunan-based team punched their first win of the season for an even 1-1 mark.

“Yung mga players ko, yung resiliency nila after a loss, doon di ako nahirapan to recover kasi sila mismo they believe na they will win today,” coach O said.

“I really admire Kat [Tolentino] sa leadership niya kanina and Bea [De Leon] and Maddie [Madayag]. Hopefully this is stepping stone for a bright future,” he added.

Shifting from his top-performing Ateneo men’s team to the uber-popular Ateneo women’s team, Almadro noted a few differences in both squads.

Coaching the Lady Eagles is proving to be a challenge for the multi-titled head coach.

“Mahirap talaga dito sa women’s pala,” Almadro said.

“Kapag nagsalita ako di ako marinig eh, ang daming tao. Kidding aside, sa women’s kailangan talaga details, you have to be mindful of the details, unlike sa men’s you have to put power and intensity. Here, yung details iisa-isahin mo talaga and the moods of the women players talagang iba,” he added.


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