UNIVERSITY of the Philippines coach Godfrey Okumu believes that his wards can finish off Far Eastern University in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference best-of-three finals series on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Game time is at 6:00 p.m.
Just like in their Game One win, where they came from two sets down to turn back FEU, 14-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18, 15-5, Okumu is optimistic that they are ready.
“I just want to say that they players are ready and they’re ready to go. You saw what they did and I’m very proud of the team,” he said.
“They are really, really ready to go and they believe in themselves and I believe in them and I believe we’ll get the work done, not now but in the future as well,” he added.
The Kenyan mentor could not contain his happiness seeing a young team go up against a battle-scarred squad.
It was UP’s first finals appearance in the PVL’s two seasons, while FEU came off a runner up finish to La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.
Still, Okumu remained wary on the things that they need to work on if they want to end the series.
“We are still trying to work on the few things that are some parts not moving well,” he said.
If the Lady Maroons win the championship on Wednesday, they will end a 36-year title drought in a major competition after the Diliman-based squad ruled the UAAP in 1982.
“It’s a good thing to win against a team we’ve never won before, it’s a good to win a championship after so many years, it’s the pride of the team and it’s the pride of UP and the Maroons as well,” said Okumu.