UAAP Volleyball: BDL credits Coach O for efficient game
Philip Matel on Mar 03, 2019 05:10 PM
It all boiled down to Almadro's order for his players heading to Sunday afternoon's game.
After a lackluster first three outings, Ateneo Lady Eagle Bea de Leon is slowly getting her groove back, thanks to a confidence boost from Coach Oliver Almadro.
The graduating de Leon normed 5.7 points in Ateneo's first three games of the season, but in the 25-15, 25-21, 25-16 sweep of the UE Lady Warriors, she scored eight.
Also to be noted in her effort was her efficiency, earning all of her points in just 12 attacks.
It all boiled down to Almadro's order to his players heading to Sunday afternoon's game.
"We noticed kasi in the past games that we've been starting slow, so we really took that into consideration and we really made it to a mindset na coming to the game, talagang taas kaagad ang intensity," said the team captain.
De Leon praised her new coach for helping her bounce back, as she continues her journey in her fifth season.
"But I thank coach talaga for giving me the confidence and the trust pa rin kahit na ganoon ang nagiging output. He always tells me not to worry kasi part of it is, siguro nga, it's my last year," shared De Leon.
"You overthink and gigil na gigil ka to do your best. But definitely, I put my mindset to whatever helps the team."
Almadro, for his part was never in doubt on how his skipper would fare, as he pointed out that her leadership is far more important than point production.
"If she's worrying about making points or helping in terms of statistics, sabi ko I don't need that. I just need your leadership, I just need your presence there.," Almadro explained.
"I just need yung right way in what you're doing. Bea sacrificed a lot. She's been practicing all week, nagsasarili yan."
Now that Ateneo has climbed for a share at the top of the standings, their mettle will again be put to the test as the face co-league leaders UP on Sunday.
The tactician knows he can't do it by himself, and asks from his players and for guidance above in facing another major challenge in the young season.
"We will work hard, we will work harder. We know they have the momentum. But we just have to work hard. We just have to believe, and ano naman yan eh, everybody prays, everybody asks the Lord for guidance, but we believe that the Lord will give us strength," Almadro promised.
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