UAAP Season 81: Hindi ako nagalit sa kanila -- De Jesus
Mark Escarlote on Mar 02, 2019 10:26 PM
Wala, puro motivation lang kasi first time naming naka-encounter na gusto kaming talunin eh. Mas gusto ng kalaban manalo, kaya sabi ko sa kanila, yun ang naging factor, mas gusto nilang manalo -- DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus
De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus felt that University of the Philippines wanted the win more than his wards.
It was a tough loss but the mentor instead of giving the three-time defending champion Lady Spikers a tongue-lashing chose to give a motivational post-game talk to his ailing players.
“Wala, puro motivation lang kasi first time naming naka-encounter na gusto kaming talunin eh. Mas gusto ng kalaban manalo, kaya sabi ko sa kanila, yun ang naging factor, mas gusto nilang manalo,” said De Jesus following DLSU’s 25-21, 20-25, 21-25, 25-20, 12-15, loss to University of the Philippines Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.
The loss snapped the Lady Spikers’ 14-game winning streak since last year and three-game head-to-head win run over the Lady Maroons. DLSU suffered its first loss of the tournament as UP tied the Lady Spikers for the top spot with identical 3-1 win-loss records.
De Jesus stressed that injury woes also played a big factor with his team’s sluggish game.
May Luna, who started the match with a face mask, played with a swollen face while Des Cheng was nursing a shoulder injury.
“Well, kasi madaming hindi 100% ang condition. May masakit, lalo na si May namamaga ang mukha, so naba-bother siguro sa, lalo na sa mask niya, hindi masyadong maka-focus sa ginagawa,” said De Jesus. “And si Des naman, during second set sumasakit ang shoulder kasi nai-tukod. Kaya siguro umiyak siguro kasi may masakit na.”
De Jesus also rued DLSU’s uncharacteristic 37 errors.
“Actually, ang nakita ko kasi yung mga unforced error. Nasa amin na ‘yung momentum, kami yung pumuputol ng momentum, lead kami ng three points, biglang mababawas. Tapos papatay, kukuha ng two points ‘yung UP,” he said. “And then pag lumayo, hahabol na naman. Marami pang galaw doon na hindi pa halos magkakakilala pa. Yung easy ball na dadating sa amin, biglang mamamatay yung bola kasi hindi nagkakaintindihan sa loob. Yung mga ganoong unforced error.”
“Sinabi ko naman, in-address ko naman kanina, ‘yun ang isang dapat ayusin nating team,” De Jesus added. “Kasi dumating ‘yung point na mas magkakakilala ‘yung kalaban niyo. Anytime na ganitong situation, alam na alam yung gagawin. Tayo, maganda na yung situation, biglang nawawala. Sabi ko biglang, sintunado yung tunog, sabi kong ganoon, kumbaga sa plaka. Kailangan ayusin natin.”
Still, De Jesus believed that this is a good learning experience for his team.
“Sabi ko naman sa kanila, kailangan mag-bounce back. Importante lang wag na tayong magpatalo, kung yung goal natin, kung gusto natin ma-reach ang goal natin, so dapat mag-bounce back tayo. Yun muna una. Wag na muna nating isipin kung ano yung championship. Isipin natin kung paano makabalik,” he said. “Hindi ako nagalit sa kanila. Walang sisi na 'O ikaw ang may kasalanan.' Basta motivation lang ang ginawa ko sa kanila.”
DLSU will take on University of Sto. Tomas on Wednesday.
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