INEXPERIENCE and the need to further improve as team were the reasons why Ateneo went on a three-game losing skid entering the quarterfinals of the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference.
Star player Alyssa Valdez and Thai coach Tai Bundit made the assessment after the Lady Eagles stopped the bleeding Sunday with a 25-18, 25-21, 28-26 win over top seed PLDT Home Telpad.
The 21-year old Valdez said their losses, especially the Lady Eagles’ back-to-back five-setter setbacks to Army (22-25, 13-25, 30-28, 25-20, 14-16) and Cagayan Valley (25-16, 16-25, 17-25, 27-25, 10-15) only show that they still have more to improve on their game.
“Mga veterans naman kasi sila (Army and Cagayan) lalaban at lalaban sila. Kami challengers lang kami,” said Valdez. “Sila may na-prove na kami nag-uumpisa pa lang.”
For his part, Bundit said the consecutive losses are all part of the game, and what’s important is for the Lady Eagles to keep on improving.
“Volleyball is sometimes good and sometimes not, when you are good (in games) you win, when (you are) not good, you lose,” said Bundit who was in Thailand when Ateneo lost to National University (18-25, 25-15, 24-26, 18-25).
“Win or lose, we want to improve (the game of the) player,” he added.
Ateneo now holds a 1-5 card in a tie with NU for fifth spot in the six-team quarterfinal stage.