UST head coach Kungfu Reyes wants the Tigresses to look for the silver lining from their fruitful preseason instead of grieving about their runner-up finish in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam.
Just like what newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray told the world to see situations with a silver lining, Reyes is cheering up the Tigresses and telling them to stick to the positives after losing to UP Lady Maroons, 21-25, 25-16, 23-25, 19-25, in the winner-take-all final on Thursday at the Arena in San Juan.
“Sabi nga ni Catriona Gray yung silver linings,” Reyes beamed. “Doon kami sa positive, talo na nga kami kaya nga kami sumasali kung manalo kami bonus. Ngayon, kung hindi namin nakuha yung Finals kailangan namin matuto.”
One loss costed UST’s championship hopes and put its five-game elimination sweep into waste as UP prevailed and became the maiden champion of Collegiate Grand Slam.
The Tigresses coach lamented on their lapses and failure to execute.
“Honestly speaking, talagang yung error namin yung pumatay. May mga pinipilit kaming baguhin kanina na hindi namin na-execute,” Reyes said. “Yung mga opportunity na nakukuha namin dati, lumalagpas sa amin kanina. Marami kaming ginawa na very uncharacteristic. Sa mga crucial kami nag-struggle.”
“Well deserved naman ni UP palakpak ako para sa kanila so sa akin naman sa side namin we just need to be strong for another tournament,” he added.
But just like what the whole universe heard from Ms. Philippines Gray, Reyes joined the bandwagon on the trending answer saying that it’s not a bad conference for his 10 rookies led by prized freshman and Best Opposite Spiker Eya Laure and four veterans bannered by sophomore and Best Scorer Milena Alessandrini, who won silver in PSL without superstar Sisi Rondina.
“Ito yung last pre-tournament namin we are not the best team as of the moment. We are on the process, would you imagine ten rookies, four veterans namin, so hindi na masama nasa (top) one and two tayo,” he said. “So what important now is nakita namin yung strength and weaknesses ng team namin.”
It’s not a bad preseason for the Tigresses as they finished fourth in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference last September and successfully earned a ‘three-peat’ in University Games Dumaguete 2018 last November.
With the best yet to come for UST, the task now for Reyes and his coaching staff is to build a formidable Final 14 line-up for UAAP Season 81.
“Yung collaboration pa rin ng mga coaches ano yung strength, yung weaknesses nung mga bata sa certain position kasi yun yung hinahabol namin na magfifit doon sa fourteen,” Reyes said. “Kung sino mas deserve na player para doon yun ang ilalagay namin.”