UAAP Season 81: Our minds were somewhere else –- Okumu
Mark Escarlote on Mar 10, 2019 09:29 PM
We lost focus. We were not in the game. Our minds were somewhere else -- UP coach Godfrey Okumu
University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu had one simple reason for the Lady Maroons’ disappointing loss to Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.
“We lost focus. We were not in the game. Our minds were somewhere else,” said Okumu following UP’s 21-25, 15-25, 26-28, defeat at the hands of the now league-leading Lady Eagles.
What was expected to be a tight battle between the Katipunan neighbors turned into a one-sided affair with Ateneo notching their fourth straight win while sending UP reeling to its second defeat in five games.
The loss said the Kenyan mentor, exposed the weakness that they need to address moving forward.
“With that I think the result today told us many things. We have to work mentally, we have to be strong mentally We have to stay focused,” said Okumu. “We just didn’t play well because we lost focus in the game. I hope on Wednesday we’ll be focused and we’ll be ready to go.”
Coming off a huge win over the three-time defending champion De La Salle University last week, expectations were high for the Lady Maroons but UP just couldn’t pull the trigger.
“You saw us commit many, many unforced errors. We have good service, we didn’t use our service, we’re serving out. We’re not passing the way we’re supposed to pass,” Okumu rued. “I think we’re just in a hurry to do so many things that’s why we lost focus. We have to meditate over that and pray over it so we may find our peace.”
Their top scoring duo Tots Carlos and Isa Molde went cold the whole game.
Carlos finished with 10 points while Molde, who was recently named team captain of the national women’s U-23 team, was limited to only six markers. Carlos averaged 17.7 points in their first four games while Molde normed with 16.7.
“They are very much in a hurry even if we’re passing we’re not settled and I don’t understand why we’re not settled because we’ve been tested before on this,” said Okumu. “We just have to go back and work on it. It was a bad day for us, honestly speaking.”
For now, Okumu wants his team to regroup and bounce back on Wednesday against National University.
“It’s a lesson that we’re taking home. Sometimes a loss like this makes us know as a team how vulnerable we are,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how strong we are. It doesn’t matter how many players we have in our team. Sometimes we’re vulnerable and that by itself we need to address that part. I believe coming next game we’ll go all out.”
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