UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas head coach Kungfu Reyes blamed fatigue from the recently-concluded Unigames as a major factor in their loss to Open Conference champions Pocari Sweat on Wednesday.
The Golden Tigresses emerged victorious against University of Perpetual Help Altas for their final match held last October 30 at the Siliman University in Dumaguete. But their win came at a price, however, as the Tigresses had little to no time to rest before facing Pocari.
“Late na kami natapos talaga, tapos kinabukasan maaga syempre in preparation for flight ng 10 a.m. So kinabukasan 31 naguwian yan, pagdating ng 1 syempre bumisita yan sa kanya kanyang cemetery,” Reyes elaborated.
“Hinintay nila bumangon yung katawan nila, ayun na, pagdating ng 2 wala kaming transition na magpalaglag uli ng biniyahe namin. Sisi [Rondina] ganoon din, kadarating lang kaninang umaga,” he added.
Reyes added that with the week of intense competition, the Tigresses managing to take a set against well-rested Pocari was enough for him to be thankful.
“Thankful ako despite na mabigat yung katawan, nahatak namin yung third set. Supposed to be nga second set sa amin kaya lang lumusot, siguro baka nag-iba ng timpla.”
Now coming in as the fourth-seeded team for the semis, Reyes hopes for a different outcome when they face Pocari on Saturday in the conference’s semifinals.
“May unti kaming time to adjust sa darating na semifinals… kailangan lang namin makaensayo lang uli, (maensayo) lang uli yung katawan,” he said.