FOR University of the East coach Francis Vicente, it was a bitter pill to swallow seeing the Lady Warriors end up winless in their Season 77 stint in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
The team ended its campaign with a 10-25, 22-25, 11-25 loss to University of Santo Tomas on Saturday to finish with a woeful 0-13 slate.
Can’t blame Vicente then for venting his frustrations smoking by himself outside of The Arena in San Juan.
“Well, para sa akin hindi ako satisfied,” he admitted. “Hindi ko kasi na-meet ang goal ko para sa team na maka-angat ng dalawang ranggo.”
This marked the third straight year the Lady Warriors finished the season on a losing record. They last won over National University on January 28, 2012 - a winless stretch that is now at 45 games.
This season, they only won a single set after eking out a 25-22 set win over Far Eastern on January 24, 2015. Still, they lost the game 16-25, 17-25, 25-22, 18-25.
Vicente, a multi-titled coach, said ending the season without a victory is simply unacceptable as he was used to winning matches, including championships.
Vicente won three-titles with the UST girls’ volleyball team that was bannered by the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Dindin and Jaja Santiago, and Kim Fajardo.
He also took the NU women’s volleyball team to its first Final Four appearance and called the shots for the men’s national team that competed in the Asian Men’s Club Championship held in Manila last year.
“Hindi ko matanggap, for the first time ang standing ko as coach is zero (wins),” he said. “Ang tanong lang tanggap ba ng mga players na ganoon lang?”
Leuseht Dawis, who played her final game in the league, echoed the same sentiment.
“Sino ba naman ang player (ang hindi mafu-frustrate) na last game mo na tapos wala man lang napanalunan,” said Dawis.
Vicente and Dawis, however, will still be together as they join forces for Phillips Gold in the coming Philippine Super Liga which kicks off on March 21.