UST finally put a stop to an alarming skid, but coach Odjie Mamon and leading scorer Pam Lastimosa revealed they remain frustrated over the team’s lack of focus and effort.
Both felt they shouldn’t have had to endure the long losing streak, believing that some of the games — particularly the matches against Ateneo and Far Eastern University — would have gone the other way had the team stuck to their game plan and the players kept their focus.
"Prepared kasi kami for those games, may pang counter kami sa kanila," he added.
Instead, UST went on a four-game slide that was only halted on Saturday when it faced winless University of the East, although the Tigresses still needed four sets to turn back the hapless Lady Warriors.
That improved UST’s win-loss record to 3-5, but the Tigresses still sit two places out of the semifinal spots.
Mamon points to social media as the culprit and noted that the recently-imposed ban on activities on any social networking sites will be enforced until the end of the season.
“Napapansin ko lang kasi masyado silang nalululong sa social media,” he said. “I can see kahit 2 a.m. na nagpo-post pa sila. O, sige ban ko na lang 'yan until the end of the season.”
Lastimosa, also did not sugarcoat the real situation of the team, indicating that the players are not on the same page in terms of effort and commitment.
“Syempre frustrated talaga kami,” she said.
“Nafu-frustrate ako every loss kasi ginawa mo best mo pero talo pa rin. Hindi naman sa naninisi ako, pero kasi nakaka-frustrate ’yung talo kayo na buong team niyo hindi lumaban.”
“Pero, sabi ni naman coach wala na rin naman magagawa so focus na lang sa next games and dapat may matututunan sa every game na ma-apply para sa next games namin,” she added.
The niece of PBA great Jojo Lastimosa, still kept her hopes up for the coming games.
"Sabi ni coach sa amin kaya pa 'yan, mahaba pa itong season marami pang mangyayari sa season na ito kasi may second round pa. Hindi pa alam ano mangyayari sa ibang team, so may pag-asa pa naman," she said.
But Mamon believes they can still make it back to the top.
"Mino-motivate ko lang sila na bounce back lang."