ATENEO-Motolite coach Oliver Almadro shrugged off the bashing from fans over a viral video that caught him scolding setter Deanna Wong during a timeout in a Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference game.
A video from last Saturday’s 24-26, 22-25, 16-25 loss to BanKo showed Ateneo coach gave Wong an earful for the wrong coverage as the Lady Eagles were trailing in the third set, 7-11, and down two sets to the Perlas Spikers.
Almadro was heard yelling at Wong: “Asan ang cover?! Asan ang cover mo?!O san ka nag-set? San ka pupunta dapat? Eh hindi ka nakapuwesto eh. Ay Deanna maling motivation, palitan mo ito Jaja (Maraguinot)!”
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Some volleyball fans didn’t like what Almadro did to Wong and promptly aired their displeasure, which the outspoken Ateneo coach took in stride.
“I don’t care. Few people matter for me, what’s important for me is I use them as our strength, I use them as a creative criticism for me and of course I don’t put energy in the things I don’t have control,” Almadro said.
“What matters for us sa team is we fight for our school, we fight for our family and we fight for the supporters that pray for us, that support us win or lose,” he added. “Those who do not support us when we lose, it’s okay with us, we still pray for them.”
“I read all of that but what matters for me sabi ko nga I will sacrifice my kindness so that my players will know what is right or wrong because life is cruel,” he continued. “If you will just be kind all the time, they will not understand what is right or wrong.”
Almadro disclosed that some of his players were somehow preoccupied after coming from a school activity that caused them to almost miss their game at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center.
“Natatawa ako kasi hindi naman nila alam yung problema namin eh,” Almadro said. “We have internal problems prior to the match, medyo pagod kasi kami, maraming players ang hindi dapat aattend yesterday because of biglaang ‘Binhi’ - it’s a school activity.”
Wong said she has gotten used to Almadro's rants.
“I really didn't mind. It was normal for Coach O to say those things. It's part of the game naman. Lalo na it was crucial yesterday's game, it was intense as the game was going,” she said. “Take it in lang, don't let things distract you. I realized some stuff, reflected on yesterday's game. Bawi lang.”
“Before, sobrang lagi akong umiiyak kasi nasisigawan niya ako lagi, but now, I learned to take it in lang and take it to heart lang. Bawi lang,” she added.
Wong wasted little time bouncing back as she responded with 28 excellent sets on top of four points and had better coverage in the Lady Eagles’ 25-23, 16-25, 25-14, 25-20 win against Adamson-Akari on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.
That performance pleased her coach.
“And what did she do now? She played well, it’s because hindi kami nagpapa-bother sa mga nandiyan,” Almadro said. “What’s important for us are those who believe in us, those who fight for us win or lose.”
“Now Deanna is in the right position now, Deanna is gambling with the set now, we are receiving right today so ibig sabihin we learned yesterday,” he concluded.