Francis Vicente believes UE Lady Warriors heading in the right direction despite opening-day loss
The UE Lady Warriors gave the NU Lady Bulldogs a bit of a scare in their opening match. Jerome Ascano

UNIVERSITY of the East is keeping its head high after another loss, believing it is heading in the right direction after an interesting four-set match with National University.

Coach Francis Vicente said he saw positive signs in the Lady Warriors opening match of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.

The Lady Warriors won only one match last season, and are looking to do much better.

"Nare-realize na siguro nila na its about time to step up. Although we lost the game, we lost the game gallantly," said Vicente.

"Ang sinasabi sa kanila sa isang game may natatalo may nananalo, nagkataon na kami ang talo. It’s how you play the game. Siguro with those words napakita nila na everything has changed," he added.

Vicente admitted the team is yet to hit top form, but is confident they will be able to hit that mark and earn victories.

"Ang susunod na lang dyan, how will they win? Yun na yung susunod sa ganitong step na ito," said Vicente.
"Yung winning mentality pumapasok na. Its only 70 percent pa lang ang nai-inject sa kanila its not yet 100. Pero ang 70 percent nakikita mo na ‘yun eh. Ang team hindi pwedeng mag-relax. Ang ibang team hindi rin pwedeng mag-relax o i-underestimate kami," he added.

The national women’s team coach also believes the performance serves notice the Lady Warriors are on the rise.

"Mag-iisip na yan kasi nanonood na ang ibang mga coaches eh. Nagulat sila na iba na ang iginagagalaw. Continue lang," said Vicente.
"Yun ang tinatawag na mature sila skills-wise, immature sila experience-wise. Kapag nag-mature sila experience-wise, samahan mo pa ng maturity sa skills, angat na yan," he concluded.

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