UAAP Season 82: There's more in us that is coming -- Okumu
Mark Escarlote on Mar 05, 2020 12:50 PM
I believe we only performed at ten-percent of what we are capable of -- UP coach Godfrey Okumu
University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu can point out a dozen things they did wrong in the Fighting Maroons’ disappointing opening day defeat in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament.
However, the mentor remains defiant that the fight in UP is alive and well and that his wards just played a fraction of what they are really capable of.
“It is not how I wanted to start. I'll just say that it's a wake-up call,” said Okumu, who spent extra time inside their dugout to talk to his crew following the Fighting Maroons’ 13-25, 17-25, 23-25, black and blue beating at the hands of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University on Wednesday.
The third-year coach felt that his team played too tight in the first two sets and drifted away from their game plan.
It didn’t help they were committing strings of errors that added to their frustration. UP gave away 29 points to Ateneo off its miscues.
“We did not relax until the third set. We were in a hurry, we were not composed,” said Okumu.
UP got buried early in the first two frames, trailing in double digits in some stretches.
The Fighting Maroons did show resistance in the third, giving the Lady Eagles quite a scare only to crumble in the end.
“I hope that we will find composure in the next games. If we are, our game would come,” said Okumu.
“I believe we only performed at ten-percent of what we are capable of. The scoreline, unforced errors,” he added. “I still believe we can do better. I believe that we just did a fraction of what we are.”
After the match, the Fighting Maroons had a long talk inside their locker room.
“We were just telling them just what any coach would say -- what is coming next and how we can adjust,” said Okumu. “Because it's not about the skill, it's about the mental toughness. We only brought it back during the third set. If that was our ten-percent, I believe there's more in us that is coming.”
UP’s character will be tested on Saturday when it faces University of the East.
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