FAR Eastern University is now looking ahead to Season 78 of the UAAP, convinced it can come up with a much better showing after learning their lessons from a tough campaign.
The Lady Tamaraws, after all, hit their initial target of making it to this year’s semifinals after a three-year absence.
Now they set sights on greater heights next season.
“Magandang magiging puhunan ng team namin,” said FEU coach Shaq de los Santos.
There was optimism at FEU at the start of the season after winning a commercial league title, but the Lady Tamaraws knew it will be much different in the UAAP without their imports.
Indeed it was a tough climb to the round of four, with FEU needing to play consecutive do-or-die matches just to make it to the stepladder semifinals before being sent packing by the Lady Bulldogs.
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But De los Santos believes all that would pay off, if the Lady Tamaraws can translate the frustration into positive energy.
“Sabi nga ni Sir Mark (Molina, FEU Athletic Director) hindi ganoon kadali mag-process ng team, so ta-tyagaan pa rin namin,” he said. “Kasi ’yung ibang rookies namin alam namin na mapapakinabangan sa mga susunod na taon kaya tuluy-tuloy lang ang gagawin naming program.”
“Andito pa rin kami tuturuan pa rin namin sila para mag-improve,” he added.
FEU will still be a solid team next season with libero Tin Agno and spiker Samantha Dawson the only players to graduate.
Setter Ynna Papa already earned her degree but still has one more playing year and has yet to decide whether to continue playing.