Para kaming hinuhulugan ng hollow blocks -- UST coach Reyes
Mark Escarlote on Oct 16, 2016 09:41 AM
Umaatake kami pero umaangat ang bola namin. ‘Yung sa kanila kahit anong atake nila ‘di naman namin madepensahan ng maayos. Nakakakuha kami pero hindi kami maka-counter ng maayos -- UST coach Kungfu Reyes
Defense and communication were the main reasons of University of Sto. Tomas’ surprising straight sets loss to Bureau of Customs that halted the Tigresses four-game winning run Saturday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
“Ang isang malaking nawala sa amin ay communication,” UST coach Kungfu Reyes admitted after the Tigresses 17-25, 24-26, 15-25, defeat at the hands of the Transformers.
The loss was UST’s first after a streak of victories that pushed the Espana-based squad a step closer to clinching a spot in the Final Four.
And it came in a game where the Tigresses finally fielded a complete lineup with hitter Cherry Rondina seeing action for the first time after missing UST’s first outings to participate in the 79th UAAP beach volleyball tournament that she and partner Jema Gutierrez eventually won.
“Di ko rin ma-explain kasi hindi rin yan ang inaasahan kong ilalaro. Medyo nagkasabay-sabay, naging erratic ang first ball namin, ‘yun ang nawala eh,” Reyes said.
“Medyo pangit lang din ang galaw talaga despite na kumpleto na kami, may rotation na kami. Ang nawala sa amin ay ‘yung normal na rotation namin,” he added.
The mentor also cited that they also struggled with both setters Alina Bicar and Alex Cabanos playing subpar.
“Hindi kami maka-setup ng maayos,” said Reyes, whose squad only had 23 excellents sets with Bicar dishing out 14.
Without good control of the first ball and their playmakers having a rough time setting up plays, no UST player scored in double digits with EJ Laure and Rondina scoring only eight each.
“Umaatake kami pero umaangat ang bola namin. ‘Yung sa kanila kahit anong atake nila ‘di naman namin madepensahan ng maayos. Nakakakuha kami pero hindi kami maka-counter ng maayos,” said Reyes.
Alyssa Valdez and Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong did most of the damage for BoC, scoring 19 and 16 points, respectively.
“Wala kaming depensa sa taas so mas malaking problema ‘yung depensa sa ilalim,” said Reyess. “Para kaming hinuhulugan ng hollow blocks kapag may pumapapalo especially ‘yung Thai na nahawa na rin doon sa atake (ni Alyssa), lahat, sa gitna, ‘yung dalawang dulo ng BoC umaatake. Medyo naguluhan na ang mga bata (sa depensa).
Still, Reyes saw a silver lining in their defeat.
“Ito ‘yung sinasabi naming learning na pwede naming makuha,” he explained. “Good thing ngayon na nangyari para. Nakaka-4-0 ka pa lang kaya mabuti na ngayon pa lang tinatapik ka na. “Magtrabaho ka ulit,” parang ‘yun ang sinasabi sa amin.”
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