JAJA Santiago and the entire National University squad began scouting La Salle minutes after its victory last Wednesday when they stayed on in the first two sets of the Lady Spikers’ match against Far Eastern University.
What the Lady Bulldogs saw was a dominant La Salle squad, at least in the first set, when the Lady Spikers limited FEU to only five points en route to a straight sets victory over the Lady Tamaraws.
It was enough for Santiago to see that they need to work doubly hard ahead of their Sunday match against La Salle and atone for their lackadaisical effort last Wednesday against Adamson.
“Nakita ko kasi na kulang pa lalo na ‘yung game (against Adamson). Nag-relax kami tapos ‘yung susunod na game namin, La Salle. Nakikita ko na marami pa kaming kailangang i-training lalo na game namin La Salle,” said Santiago.
Coming into their marquee match-up against La Salle on Sunday, Santiago said the Lady Bulldogs are still jn transition after NU coach Roger Gorayeb instilled adjustments to their defense.
“Puwede rin na bago ang defensive pattern namin. Nangangapa pa kami. Isa rin sigurong dahilan ‘yun kung bakit ganun laro namin. Sabi ko nga sa kanila, hindi puwedeng maging relax tayo kasi dito pa lang sa Adamson, dapat ma-execute namin ‘yung mga kulang namin para pagdating sa La Salle, mas smooth na ‘yung galaw,” said Santiago.
Santiago also hopes the Lady Bulldogs can overcome La Salle’s service and blockings. The Lady Spikers lead the lead in blocks and second in service aces.
“Siguro service tsaka kailangan naming mapantayan ‘yung blockings nila kasi malakas sila sa blockings. Siyempre, kailangang tibayan namin ‘yung blockings namin and at the same time, ‘yung service receive namin, ‘yun ‘yung kailangan namin i-pulido,” said Santiago.