UP promises to put up a fight in UAAP 82 men's volleyball
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 06, 2020 03:55 PM
Para sa amin po, gustong-gusto naming bumawi -- Mark Millete (Photo by Arvin Lim)
With a brand new war about to begin, the mantra remains the same for the University of the Philippines - there is nowhere to go but up.
And so, on the heels of a one-win season, the Fighting Maroons are only ready and raring to get up and stand up.
"Para sa amin po, gustong-gusto naming bumawi," team captain Mark Millete said.
He then continued, "Lalo na ako, last year ko na. Ako naman po, buo ang tiwala kong kayang-kaya naming lumaban."
However, the skipper is not about to guarantee anything - other than State U competing in each and every match.
"'Di ko masasabi kung ilan mapapanalo namin, pero alam ko lang na kayang-kaya naming manalo. Ang mindset naman namin, wala sa panalo kundi sa improvement," he shared.
He then continued, "Yung mga panalo, dadating din naman yun kung improvement yung aayusin namin."
Instilling this new mindset is new coach Rald Ricafort who takes over from Hans Chuacuco.
And while he will now be under his third mentor in the last five years, Millete expressed his full faith in Ricafort.
"Si Coach Rald, assistant coach po siya last season tapos ngayon, head coach na kaya hindi rin naging ganun kahirap yung pag-adapt. Kilala na rin naman namin siya," he said.
Even better, the opposite hitter and the rest of the seniors are nothing but determined to stand as leaders.
"Marami kaming rookies. Halos hati-hati ang team ngayon - kalahati rookie, kalahati naiwan," he said.
He then continued, "Pero ang maganda, yung maturity naming mga senior, nandito na."