ATENEO team captain Maddie Madayag learned her lesson the hard way after a stunning loss to University of the Philippines, 26-28, 23-25, 24-26, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
The Lady Eagles, who were coming off a five-game winning run, were gunning for a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four with a win over the Lady Maroons.
But Madayag will just have to accept the painful truth.
“We’re hoping for playoffs so we’re gonna work on it sa training and it’s a learning experience,” she said.
The Lady Eagles skipper, though, pointed out what went wrong.
From their happy and heart strong mantra, the former two-time champions played stiff and out of sync during the match that took an hour and 30 minutes to finish.
“Parang it’s like the basic errors na nangyari, parang ‘yun nga no one was talking,” said Madayag.
Ateneo, in fact, was ahead both in the second and third sets, 23-21 and 24-22, respectively.
If that will be the same attitude against La Salle on April 15, Madayag stressed that it will be hard for them to get the win.
The Lady Eagles (9-4) are on a must-win situation for them to secure a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.
“(Against La Salle) It’s gonna be teamwork lang talaga kasi I don’t think we showed much teamwork today, this game,” said Madayag.