UAAP Season 82: DLSU clips Tolentino's wings

Mark Escarlote on Mar 07, 2020 09:28 PM
UAAP Season 82: DLSU clips Tolentino's wings
For me I'll learn to have more patience in my hitting and focus on that first -- Kat Tolentino

Graduating Kat Tolentino acknowledged her misgivings in Ateneo de Manila University’s defeat at the hands of archrival De La Salle University.

She knew she could’ve done more especially after a disappearing act on offense in the Lady Eagles’ 17-25, 25-17, 17-25, 15-25, collapse in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament.

Tolentino went cold, scoring only six points where she needed to bleed for every point.

“I mean it's the start of the season,” said Tolentino. “I'm just looking at ways that we can learn from it and we can improve from this game. Of course, La Salle came out ready and clearly more ready than we were. So, yeah, they were just more prepared this time.”

The defeat was the Lady Eagles’ seventh straight in their head-to-head since the Finals of Season 79.

DLSU, which introduced its blue chip recruits led by 6-foot-2 Thea Gagate and 6-footer Leila Cruz, punished Ateneo’s attackers with an iron wall. The Lady Eagles had a hard time penetrating the net defense of the Lady Spikers.

Tolentino absorbed the brunt of DLSU’s solid defense.

Out of the points Tolentino produced, she only scored five attack points in a tiring and frustrating 41 attempts.

Ateneo rookie Faith Nisperos had a 10-of-33 attacking clip while returning Jho Maraguinot posted all of her nine points from kills in a 9-of-31 spiking clip.

“For me, I mean they clearly scouted us a lot better. I’ll just learn from how the game went and adjust accordingly. They had very good defense and I think we just were a little impatient.”

“For me I'll learn to have more patience in my hitting and focus on that first,” she said.

Tolentino admitted that DLSU did a great job neutralizing her usually explosive offense    

“Yeah, It’s same the same La Salle team that I always play. They have a very good block and defense. They know exactly where we're gonna hit so I mean, it's good for them it's just something that I learned from,” she said.



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