We have been discussing some issues -- UP coach Jerry Yee

Mark Escarlote on Oct 17, 2016 09:23 PM
We have been discussing some issues -- UP coach Jerry Yee
Buti ngayon pinagdadaanan na namin and then hopefully may time pa kami matuto -- UP coach Jerry Yee

Whatever University of the Philippines talked about after their struggles in their previous two games proved to be effective.

The Lady Maroons plagued by health issues and difficulties adjusting with a reserve setter finally found a way to settle down and play their usual game to snap a two-game losing skid.     

“Talking kami ng team, meaning we have been discussing kung ano ang mga struggles namin,” said UP coach Jerry Yee Monday night after the Lady Maroons defeated Laoag, 25-20, 27-25, 11-25, 25-20, in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

“Pinag-uusapan namin na hindi naman namin (coaching staff) sinabing bawal kang magkamali kasi kung hindi ka magkakamali hindi ka naman matututo. So we we are trying to explain na ‘wag masyado i-pressure ang sarili,” Yee added.

UP, which is now on its third straight tournament in the league, dropped three of its first four games including back-to-back straight sets losses to league-leading University of Sto. Tomas and Open conference defending champion Pocari Sweat just last Saturday.

The Diliman-based squad in that stretch faced health and chemistry problems with their players.

Hitter Diana Carlos missed a match to play in the 79th UAAP beach volleyball tournament, Collegiate Conference 1st Best Outside Hitter Isa Molde struggled to put up her usual double-digit number and sat out one game because of a headache while starting playmaker Mae Basarte was replaced by sophomore Rose Cailing after sustaining an elbow injury.            

“Honestly, yes, we had three different talks discussing some issues,” Yee said.

“So meron tayong mga iki-clear out siyempre pero parang positive naman. This game is an indicator, so thankful kami na nakuha namin (ang panalo),” he added.

Yee pointed out that they were slow to adjust with Cailing orchestrating the play.

“Obvious naman na hindi pa kami pino noong setter, hindi pa magandang maganda ‘yung connection ng players natin with the new setter so ‘yun talaga,” he admitted.

Against Laoag which played without Jorelle Singh because of conflict with her classes, the Lady Maroons did show improvement against a team still backed by hitters Grethcel Soltones, Jema Galanza, Wenneth Eulalio and Aiko Urdas.

Cailing dished out 42 of the team’s 44 excellent sets in UP’s total of 42 attacks.

Yee wanted his team to learn from their mistakes and hopefully improve as the match goes deeper. 

“Before kasi ‘yun nga kapag nagkamali ka parang naiinis na tayo sa sarili natin or naiinis na tayo sa teammates natin but then that’s part of it, part of growth ‘yan eh,” he said. “Buti ngayon pinagdadaanan na namin and then hopefully may time pa kami matuto.”






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