ATENEO setter Deanna Wong admits it has been a big adjustment playing a new system, but nevertheless the target is a finals spot in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
After missing the finals last season, bowing to Far Eastern University in the semis, the Lady Eagles are eager to get back and they believe they are doing well under Oliver Almadro, who took over from Tai Bundit.
“It was a big adjustment naman, like iba talaga ang system niya from coach Tai,” she said. “I can really say his system really works for us talaga. Maybe from time to time may bago siyang sinasabi sa amin and then maga-adjust na naman kami but then we know naman it could really help the team, it could really get us to where we want to be. I think having him as a coach naman it’s a great experience.”
Wong, a fourth-year playmaker, heads the squad along with seniors Bea De Leon, Maddie Madayag and Kim Gequillana.
“Our goal talaga as a team is to get back to the finals, that’s really everyone’s mindset right now,” Wong said.
“But I think, more than a championship, it’s more of how the team (works) together, the system of coach O works. All in all that’s how we’d get to the finals.”
Wong said Almadro’s expressiveness is the big difference, and the Lady Eagles are doing well because of it.
“Si coach O sinasabi niya sa amin kung ano ang dapat naming gawin so that’s really a huge difference from them kasi we know what our mistakes are kasi sinasabihan kami,” Wong said. “Minsan lang parang nakakagulat pa rin na may times na akala mo sanay ka na pero may times na ano ka pero stay focused pa rin. Brush it off na lang and listen to what he says and back to the game na.”
Ateneo gets a big opening-match assignment against La Salle on February 17 at the Mall of Asia Arena.