Gorayeb calls on Lady Bulldogs to step up to end skid as UST looks to lock down Jaja Santiago
Roger Gorayeb is at a loss on how the Lady Bulldogs have suffered back-to-back losses after a 3-0 start. Dante Peralta

SKIDDING National University hopes to return to the winning column when it faces University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

From a 3-0 start, the Lady Bulldogs suffered back-to-back losses, fallting to defending champion La Salle in a straight sets and Far Eastern University in four sets.

But even NU coach Roger Gorayeb is at a loss on how to get the Lady Bulldogs back in deadly form.

“Ang hirap nilang buhayin. Kapag ang player ayaw nang lumaro ang hirap nang palaruin, mahirap talaga,” said Gorayeb, who hopes his aggressiveness off the court finally translates to more assertive play from his wards.

“Sabi ko nga, nagmumukha na akong walang hiya eh, ako talaga pursigido na ‘sige ilaban niyo!’ eh sila naman ‘ok lang po,’ para lang ma-impart sa kanila kung anong gagawin nila sa court,” he added. “(Pero) wala, bumabalik eh. Something is wrong somewhere hindi ko na alam. Kung sabihin ng iba ako ang may mali, o sige ako na lang din ang rumecieve, pero pangit naman kasi parang sasaluhin ko lahat ‘di ba?”

In their previous game against FEU, Jaja Santiago was the lone bright spot for NU with 20 points followed by Jorelle Singh with seven markers and Aiko Urdas and Risa Sato with five markers apiece.

The Lady Bulldogs also allowed the Lady Tamaraws to score nine points from the service line, while they only had one in the entire match that took almost two hours to finish.

“Eh wala eh, ang hirap, kapag hindi namin na maximize si Jaja. Mahirap ngayon pa, inaabangan na si Jaja,” said Gorayeb.

“Sabi ko nga sa kanila, lahat naman kayo gustong manalo. Ang matindi kasi ‘yung iba gusto manalo pursigido, pero ‘yung iba gusto manalo pero waiting lang sila,” he added.

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Meanwhile, UST coach Kungfu Reyes wants his team to improve in their communication and defense on Santiago.

Tigresses middle blockers Ria Meneses and Chloe Cortez had to double their efforts to match their 6-foot-5 counterpart.

“It’s all about timing and position pero syempre hindi namin magagawa ‘yan kung wala kaming communication,” he said.

UST (2-3) is looking to book its first back-to-back win of the season after a straight set win over listless Adamson University.

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