UAAP Season 81 Final Four: Hindi lahat ng panahon nandoon ka sa taas -- De Jesus
Mark Escarlote on May 05, 2019 11:34 PM
Multi-titled head coach Ramil De Jesus lost five games in a span of one week while calling the shots for De La Salle University and F2 Logistics.
This weekend was cruel to multi-titled head coach Ramil De Jesus.
Less than 24 hours after his club team F2 Logistics succumbed to Petron in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Finals, De Jesus suffered the biggest setback in his 21-year collegiate coaching career.
De Jesus’ De La Salle University fell short of its four-peat attempt on Sunday, bowing down to no. 2 seed University of Sto. Tomas, 19-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 10-15, Sunday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four at the MOA Arena.
For the first time in more than two decades, excluding his first year in Season 60, the Season 69 suspension of DLSU and the forfeiture-marred Season 70, De Jesus came up short in steering the green and white into the championship round.
“Ganun talaga dumadating naman sa isang tao o sa isang team yung pag nareach mo yung dulo possible kang bumagsak,” said De Jesus of the Lady Spikers’ season exit. “Hindi naman lahat ng panahon nandoon ka sa taas.”
The night before, De Jesus witnessed the Cargo Movers’ Game 3 defeat at the hands of Petron in the PSL. F2 Logistics actually won the series opener last Tuesday but lost the second game on Thursday.
Overall, De Jesus lost five games in one week starting last Sunday when the Lady Spikers bowed to Far Eastern University at the end of the elimination round that forced DLSU to a playoff for the last twice-to-beat advantage against the Tigresses.
DLSU then lost to UST in the playoff on Wednesday, the next day F2 Logistics surrendered Game 2. Then came the cruel weekend.
“’Yun ‘yung pinakamahirap na pinagdaanan ko na hindi ka pa nakakatulog,” said De Jesus. “Kulang ka pa sa tulog kasi kailangan ng preparasyon and then every other day may game sa isa and then ito. Halos buong week ako naglalaro.”
But despite these misfortunes, De Jesus kept his head held up high, taking this string of defeats as a new challenge and motivation for next season.
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