UAAP Season 81: Kailangan nandoon ang killer instinct -- Pascua

Mark Escarlote on Feb 24, 2019 08:48 PM
Kailangan nandoon ang killer instinct -- Pascua
Yung winning character, ‘yung winning attitude kailangan nandoon -- FEU coach George Pascua

Far Eastern University head coach George Pascua remained positive despite the string of stinging losses early in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament but wants to see a more confident Lady Tamaraws.

“Positibo pa rin kami kasi it’s a long journey pa, matagal pa ang UAAP,” said Pascua after the Lady Tamaraws squandered a two-set lead to bow down to Ateneo de Manila University, 25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 18-25, 12-15, Sunday.

The Morayta-based squad fell to 1-2 win-loss record at solo sixth spot, dropping both of their games this week.

Pascua stressed that his team lacked the finishing kick and consistency against the Lady Eagles, who in the first two frames struggled with their reception and floor defense.   

“Na-execute namin ang game plan namin sa first two sets ‘yun nga lang ‘di namin na-sustain nu’ng huli,” said Pascua. “Sabi ko nga sa kanila ‘yung consistency lang ng game plan just follow lang kasi kung iibahin natin mahirap na.”

“Mind-setting kasi ‘yun and decision-making ‘yun ang gusto pa naming i-work out,” he added. “’Yung winning character, ‘yung winning attitude kailangan nandoon.”

The Lady Tams held a 12-11 lead in the tight fifth frame but three straight errors turned the tables around before Kat Tolentino, who punished them in the last three sets after a sluggish start, sealed the game with a hit.   

Pascua felt that they had the game in the wraps but let it slip off their hands, lacking the fire to grab the win.

“Kailangan nandoon ‘yung killers’ instinct. ‘Yun ang kulang sa amin, walang nagli-lead kapag crucial game,” he said. “Walang gustong kumuha ng bola, walang gustong pumatay. Nasa character kasi yun eh. Saka yung mga unforced errors na nangyayari sa amin ay doon pa sa crucial points.”

Overall, FEU threw away 38 points off errors including seven in the deciding frame.

The Lady Tams will take on University of Sto. Tomas on Saturday.



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