UAAP Season 81: I felt some of the calls were unfair -- Okumu
Mark Escarlote on Apr 10, 2019 09:32 PM
Today, for the first time I’ll say it, I felt that some of the calls were so unfair -- UP coach Godfrey Okumu
University of the Philippines coach Godfrey Okumu expressed disappointment in what he felt were ‘unfair calls’ aganst them in the closing stretch of the Lady Maroons’ straight sets loss to University of Sto. Tomas on Wednesday.
The Diliman-based squad bowed down to the Tigresses, 21-25, 12-25, 24-26, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament in a loss made more painful by crucial whistles late in the third set.
“Today, for the first time I’ll say it, I felt that some of the calls were so unfair,” said Okumu. “That’s how my team feels and how I feel as a coach.”
The Kenyan coach was particularly shocked with the overreaching violation on Jessma Ramos that pushed the Tigresses at match point, 25-24.
“The players are down, it’s not an easy thing to happen to a team especially when the referee makes the last two scores of the game by whistling. Sometimes I felt they just invented their own rules as far as that set was concerned,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking for the players. Long rallies and then one ball is called overreaching.”
UP had a chance to take the third set with a 24-22 lead but the Lady Maroons were whistled for a net touch before Marian Buitre sent her attack out that forced a deuce. Ramos was called for an overreaching violation when she dinked the ball saved by Ysa Jimenez that was still flying inside UST’s court based on TV replay.
Eya Laure sealed the Tigresses win with a kill block on Buitre.
The Lady Maroons dropped their second straight match to slide at 6-6 record that had UP’s back against the wall in the race for a Final Four spot.
“But you don’t blame the referees they’re just doing their job, but not in the best interest of one party,” said Okumu. “So I hope in the future we could get better results and the judgment will be done fairly.”
The Lady Maroons will wrap up their elimination campaign with must-win games against National University on Sunday and Adamson University.
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