La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus blasts players for complacent play late in easy win vs UE
Ramil de Jesus was disappointed with La Salle's complacent play late in the easy win vs UE. Marlo Cueto

LA Salle coach Ramil de Jesus remained a hard man to please even after the Lady Spikers disposed listless University of the East, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

The win, which put La Salle back in the winning column after a five-set loss to National University, was not enough to put a smile on the face of the 10-time UAAP champion coach.

“Well, ‘yung result importante 'yun eh. Pero ‘yung performance, hindi ako satisfied sa performance today,” said de Jesus when he started the post-game interview that lasted for almost five minutes.

“Hindi mo makita 'yung aggressiveness inside the court and 'yung communication inside the court, so 'yung polish hindi mo makita. So 'yun 'yung medyo disappointed ako,” he added.

Right after the game, de Jesus went straight to the dugout to talk to his wards instead of going inside the media room for a press conference, which is the protocol.

“(Sabi ko sa players) ‘yun nga, let's say alam mo nang patapos na, magtatapon pa ng serve. Let's say na parang very complacent dahil lamang ng malayo, hindi dapat mangyari 'yun,” said de Jesus.

“And then 'yung character inside the court, na alam mo naman na kaya mo 'yung kalaban mo, 'wag mo nang bigyan ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng kumpyansa. So 'yun 'yung ni-remind ko sa kanila,” he added.

De Jesus’ frustration also came from their previous game, when the team immediately left the venue after a disappointing loss to NU on Sunday. 

“Well 'yung purpose ng pagbalik namin sa La Salle, siguro during the game nung Sunday, ni-remind ko lang sila na 'dapat kilala niyo 'yung sarili niyo, kung sino kayo. Minsan kasi, nakakalimutan niyo kung sino na kayo,' sabi kong ganoon. Ang dami niyong pinagdaanan, ang dami niyong experience na pinag-daanan,” he said.

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“So pagdating sa mga ganyang klase ng game, dapat kilala niyo 'yung sarili niyo, kung ano 'yung aasahan ng team sa inyo. So 'yun lang naman din,” added de Jesus.

La Salle improved to 4-1 to remain at the second spot behind NU (4-0). 

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