UAAP Season 82: Kami mismo problema sa game -- Mendrez
Mark Escarlote on Mar 03, 2020 09:45 PM
Parang nagkaroon ng problema sa receive kaya nawalan kami ng kumpiyansa lalo na ako -- Mean Mendrez
Not taking any credit away from Far Eastern University’s good outing, graduating hitter Mean Mendez felt that the University of the East Lady Warriors shot themselves on the foot with their poor reception.
“For me parang ang bilis matapos ng game namin,” said Mendrez on Tuesday after UE’s 9-25, 20-25, 17-25, defeat in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. “Parang nagkaroon ng problema sa receive kaya nawalan kami ng kumpiyansa lalo na ako.”
Mendrez was on point as the Lady Warriors, who were obviously still adjusting from the departure of multi-awarded libero Kat Arado and do-it-all Judith Abil, allowed FEU to land 14 aces including five from Lady Tamaraws setter Angel Cayuna.
FEU started off hot, burying UE early, 6-0, in the opening frame as the Lady Tams took advantage of the Lady Warriors’ spotty service reception.
“Pinakaproblema lang talaga namin is service receive kasi once na maka-receive kami, walang problema sa setting at sa attacking, 'yun lang talaga naging problema,” said Mendrez, who was the only Lady Warrior in double figure scoring with 13 points. “'Yun kasi pinaka-base ng laro eh. After service, receive.”
UE had a chance to turn its fortune around early in the third set but failed to sustain its momentum.
“Kami mismo ang problema sa game kanina,” said Mendrez. “Nahihirapan kami kaagad na putulin 'yung lamang nila, 'di namin natuluy-tuloy 'yung sunud-sunod na points namin. Parang mabilis kami napuputol kaagad tapos hindi namin mahinto pag nagle-lead sila ng points.”
It also didn’t help that veteran middle Seth Rodriguez had a bad outing and was limited to just one point in the match that only lasted for 75 minutes.
Mendrez hopes that they will be able to address this problem as they move on to the season.
“Siguro double-time talaga kami lalo na ako. Nahihirapan kami once maputol 'yung momentum namin na sunud-sunod. Tapos hirap na kami 'pag nalalamangan na,” she said. “'Yun ang weak point namin 'pag nalalamangan na, sobrang hirap humabol.”
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