First-year coach Kungfu Reyes admits he may have set bar too high for Tigresses
Coach Kungfu Reyes says the target next season is the Final Four after falling short of this season's goal of gaining the finals. Dante Peralta

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas coach Kungfu Reyes said he may have set his goals too high in his first year with the Tigresses, ruing that he felt he was the only one who wanted a finals appearance.

Reyes said at the start of the season that he wants no less than a stint for the Tigresses in UAAP women’s volleyball finals, but they wound up missing the Final Four for the fourth straight year.

“It seems na ako lang ang may gustong mag-Finals appearance,” said Reyes.

“Pero sabi ko nga hindi ko naman pwedeng ipilit na akin lang, kailangan unti-unti bumababa ako sa Final Four, unti-unti bumababa ako sa every game kung sino ang nasa harapan namin.”

As the season progressed, he lowered his expectations.

“‘Yun nga ang assessment ko dati dahil sa quality ng players nag-assess ako ng finals appearance,” said Reyes after UST kissed its semifinals hopes goodbye after a five-setter loss to National University on Sunday.

His fighting spirit, however, did not rub off on his wards.

UST had a 3-4 win-loss card for a share of fifth spot at the end of the first round of the eliminations but was only able to secure two wins in the second round so far to bow out of contention.

“So hindi talaga naging motivation ‘yung sinabi ko na gusto ko mag-Finals. Hindi nila ako nasamahan o hindi ko sila naakay papunta doon kasi medyo mabigat ang bitbit ko so kinulang na kami ng lakas,” said Reyes.

But the failed mission failed to dampen Reyes’ spirit.

“So hindi na ako papayag na hindi na ako papasok sa Final Four next year. ‘Yun na ang itinataga ko sa bato, bibitbitin ko sila sa Final Four,” he said.

“Kapos man ako na dalhin sila sa Finals, naging pang anim lang siguro by next year dalhin ko na sila sa pang-apat, pipilitin ko mag-improve,” he added.

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