UAAP Season 81: De Jesus credits Cobb for keeping Ateneo’s blockers at bay
Mark Escarlote on Apr 13, 2019 08:10 PM
Madaming variations eh so na kay Cobbie na ang diskarte roon, sa setter na talaga -- DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus on Michelle Cobb's playmaking that negated Ateneo's vaunted net defense
Defending champion De La Salle University successfully neutralized archrival Ateneo de Manila University’s vaunted net defense, all thanks to the Lady Spikers heady playmaker Michelle Cobb.
Head coach Ramil De Jesus lauded the third year setter’s masterful playmaking as she kept the DLSU attackers away from the dangerous blockers of their rival squad.
“Madaming variations eh so na kay Cobbie na ang diskarte roon, sa setter na talaga,” said De Jesus referring to Cobb after the Lady Spikers’ 25-17, 25-13, 25-23, dismantling of the Lady Eagles on Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.
DLSU improved to 9-3 win-loss record and secured a seat in the Final Four for the 11th straight year.
De Jesus credited Cobb, who had 16 excellent sets, for keeping the Lady Eagles blockers at bay as Ateneo went scoreless on the kill block category after averaging a league-best 2.62 kill blocks per set heading into the match.
The mentor also admired Cobb’s leadership inside the court as the Lady Spikers completed their elimination round head-to-head sweep of the Lady Eagles. It may not look much on the stats sheet compared to Ateneo setter Deanna Wong's 21 excellent sets, but Cobb did the job De Jesus wanted her to accomplish.
“Di ko naman pwedeng gawing robot ang setter para sabihin ko na ganito ang gagawin, ganyan ang gagawin. Hinahayaan ko na lang siya. Pero may mga times na nagsa-suggest ako sa kanya kung anong play,” said De Jesus.
DLSU penetrated the defense of the Lady Eagles with 37 spikes as they silenced the league leader in blocks Maddie Madayag, who is averaging 0.90 kill blocks per set before the match, as well as Bea De Leon and Kat Tolentino, who both normed with 0.60 kill blocks per frame.
De Jesus didn’t hold back on praising his prized setter for translating their game plan inside the court.
“Siguro kaya na-neutralize siguro kasama na rin sa game plan ‘yun kung sinong pipigilan sa kalaban,” said De Jesus, whose squad is now eyeing to clinch a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage.
DLSU will wrap up its elims campaign against University of the East (April 24) and Far Eastern University (April 28).
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