UAAP: UP coach Okumu: 'Sometimes, you need to lose in order to win'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 13, 2019 09:06 PM
UAAP: UP coach Okumu: 'Sometimes, you lose in order to win'
After a big-time victory versus La Salle, UP is yet to return to the win column

The University of the Philippines needed just one more point to put away National University on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Up 14-10 in the fifth and final set, however, the Lady Maroons fell victim to a 7-1 finishing kick by the Lady Bulldogs.

And so, the Diliman volleybelles suffered their second straight setback and now stand in fifth place with a 3-3 record.

This, after a big-time takedown of defending champion De La Salle University.

Of course, head coach Godfrey Okumu was the first to express dismay in failing to sustain momentum after their triumph over the Lady Spikers. "We're no longer a team in progress. We're a team that is strong and a power to be reckoned with, but things do not go as we had planned," he said.

Still, Coach Godfrey remained upbeat about UP's chances.

"It seems like we're struggling, but as I've said before, winning a championship isn't easy. Sometimes, you need to lose in order to win," he shared.

He then continued, "We're still gonna bounce back. We're still going to fight back."

Now heading into their last assignment of the first round up against Adamson University, the Kenyan mentor re-emphasized that he has nothing but full faith that his girls have what it takes to get back on track - and ultimately go a long way. "Today was one of those days. We said the same when we played Ateneo and we said the same when we played UST," he said.

He then continued, "This is also not good. It's putting our team in a tight situation, but I believe we still have the fight in us."

This is even more so because the Lady Maroons themselves aren't going to take these struggles sitting down. As their coach put it, "The girls, they're talking to each other. We let them meditate and discuss what happened. They're not taking it lightly. It's really a heartbreaking moment and it's hard for them."

He then continued, "We just have to continue encouraging them. We just have to go back to the drawing board and see where we went wrong and make things right."

In the end, Coach Okumu promises the State U faithful that they will only be better. Asked if they're going to bounce back, he answered, full of confidence, "We will. We will. We will."

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