Communication was University of Santo Tomas' main point of emphasis heading into the game against Adamson - and it paid off for the Tigresses.
Weighed down by inconsistencies over the past four games, the Tigresses finally stopped the bleeding as they butchered the Lady Falcons, 25-13, 25-12, 25-9, Saturday in the UAAP Women's volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
For ace spiker Sisi Rondina, the team's conscious effort to talk more inside the court made life easier for them against the skidding Lady Falcons.
"Nag-work talaga kami, sa training pa lang po talaga tinrabaho na namin na magusap talaga at i-address kung saan ibibigay (yung bola)," said Rondina, who benefited the most from their effective distribution as she topscored with 15 points.
"Naging effective talaga yung pagsasalita namin. Pero iwo-work out talaga namin yun kasi may kulang pa," she added.
Asked what they need to work on further heading into their final two games, the pride of Compostela Valley hopes to work on their chemistry that was obviously lacking when they dropped three of four matches to open the season.
"Kulang pa sa pag-uusap. Minsan naguguluhan kami. Sinabi ni coach na hindi namin mabasa yung bola. Di namin makuha kasi hindi kami naguusap. Nagbabasa naman kami pero walang naguusap sa loob," she continued.
Now at 2-3, the Tigresses look to finish the first round of the eliminations above .500, though it is easier said than done as they face National University and Far Eastern University in their final two matches.
If they play the same way they did against the Lady Falcons, then they definitely have a chance, Rondina said.
"Trabaho lang talaga ng trabaho para makuha namin yung tamang timpla sa team," Rondina continued.
"Itatama lang namin yung mga mali namin at sunod lang ng sunod sa coach."