LA Salle coach Ramil de Jesus admitted they lost to a better team after the Lady Spikers played a ‘barangay level-like’ performance on Saturday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.
The 10-time UAAP champion coach spent almost an hour inside the dugout after La Salle absorbed a four-set beating at the hands of the Lady Falcons, 18-25, 25-15, 19-25, 22-25, at The Arena in San Juan.
The soft-spoken De Jesus was straight forward when asked what he told his wards after the loss.
“Dapat kapag suot mo ang jersey ng La Salle dapat larong La Salle ang gagawin mo, hindi ‘yung, sabi ko nga kanina, parang ang suot mo isang team lang sa barangay eh,” he said.
“Pambarangay lang ang laro niyo, doon lang kayo bagay, hindi kayo bagay sa UAAP,” he added.
La Salle squandered a four-point lead in the fourth set, 9-5, as Adamson went on a 12-1 run to take the lead, 17-10, all the way to the finish to snap a 10-year losing drought against the Lady Spikers.
Adamson’s last win over La Salle was a four-setter in the second round Season 70.
De Jesus continued to point out what went wrong with his team.
“Well ‘yung talo namin sa NU, breaks (of the game) ‘yun eh, ito definitely nakita natin na mas aggressive ang Adamson - floor defense, attacks and even sa service, blocks,” he said. “So lahat ng skills aggressive sila, which is gusto nila manalo.”
“Definitely (nalamangan sa setter) kasi na-outset ang setter namin, 43 against 29 lang. So malayo ‘yun masyado,” he added referring to the difference of Adamson’s setter Fen Emnas compared to his playmaker Michelle Cobb.
The veteran mentor’s words seemed to wake up the Lady Spikers, who had a pep talk among themselves after de Jesus left.
“Dito (sa dugout) ngayon very emotional eh. First time nila na nakita kong ganyan nagkausap sila so hopefully magising,” he said.
“Oo (nag-usap sila), ako naman evaluation lang ako sa game kung ano ang dapat i-adjust and ang character bilang player dapat mapag-usapan ‘yun ng mga team kasi sila ang magkakasama sa loob ng court eh,” he added.
Unlike their previous loss to National University, there will be no training right after the game.
De Jesus stressed that the purpose for their training was a wake-up call, which he already achieved.
What’s worrying him is how his wards will recover.
“Well ang sa akin kasi lumabas lang ‘yung character inside the court no matter what, manalo or matalo, basta lumabas ang character,” he said.
“Kasi kung hindi lalabas ang character ‘yun ang problema kasi hindi La Salle ‘yun. So doon ako nagwo-worry kung papano ‘yun (hahanapan ng solusyon),” he added.
La Salle will face Ateneo on Saturday, March 3.