LA Salle coach Ramil de Jesus considered their disappointing loss to archrival Ateneo a blessing in disguise as a fired-up Lady Spikers squad vented its ire on Far Eastern University, 25-5, 25-23, 25-23, in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday.
After the 24-26, 24-26, 25-21, 17-25 loss to the Lady Eagles, De Jesus was inconsolable. But after the strong bounce back against the Lady Tams, the veteran mentor was in a better mood seeing his players regain their bearings.
“Blessing ‘yun (talo sa Ateneo) kasi nalaman nila kung ano ang dapat nilang i-adjust sa susunod (na game),” said the nine-time UAAP champion coach. “Mas maganda ‘yung ganoon, nakaka-experience ka ng talo sabay tingnan mo kung ano ang gagawin ng team pagkatapos matalo. Makikita mo kung may bounce-back or wala.”
“Kung meron (bounce back) makikita mo na may gusto sila patunayan as a team; kung wala eh ‘di matulog na tayong lahat,” he added.
De Jesus, however, remained cautious as signs of complacency that doomed them against Ateneo showed in the match against FEU.
In their loss, La Salle had the upper hand, 23-18, in the first two sets before Ateneo countered and turned the tables in its favor.
“Actually ‘yung performance namin against Ateneo, makikita naman natin na ganoon talaga, petiks sa endgame tapos so akala ko nga mauulit this game,” said de Jesus.
“Nakikita mo naman, kahit sa game na ito, makikita mo na pepetiks-petiks pagdating ng endgame,” he added. “Eh ‘yun ang chance para magkaroon ng pag comeback ang kalaban eh, so bakit mo bibigyan (ng chance) so dapat matuto ang team.”
Still, de Jesus was relieved to pull through with the morale-boosting win.
“Kasi mas nakakatakot lang kasi hindi mo alam kung ano ‘yung balik noong team kung aayaw ba or gagalaw ba? ‘Yun ang big question para sa akin,” he said.
“Sa ngayon, balik ulit ang kumpyansa para sa Sunday (against National University),” he added.