THE Ateneo men’s volleyball team is also getting help from the coach of its women’s counterparts, Tai Bundit.
Blue Eagles coach Oliver Almadro said the Thai coach of the successful Lady Eagles has also been instrumental in the men's volleyball team's rise from UAAP minnows to title contenders with his constant advice.
“Ever since he came in, coach Tai gives me advice,” said Almadro. “Marami siyang mga binabanggit na kailangang gawin.”
The Blue Eagles are only a win away from a first-ever UAAP title after taking Game One against National University, a year after the Lady Eagles, coached by Bundit, gave the school a maiden championship in the women’s division.
Unknown to many, Bundit was able to convince the men’s team to adopt some of his tested tactics, including meditation in between sets.
“Matagal na rin naming ginagawa because he told us na ito ang gawin,” said Almadro. “Marami siyang inputs and I thank coach Tai also for that. Every time na sabay ang training, sinasabi niya na eto ang gawin mo.”
Almadro said Bundit’s help is proof that the men’s and women’s team are family.
“He is the champion coach of the women’s team. We are Ateneo. We are a family here,” Almadro said.
The Blue Eagles gun for the title in Game Two on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Lady Eagles are in the finals outright holding a thrice-to-beat edge after a sweep of the eliminations.