NATIONAL University coach Roger Gorayeb tendered his resignation after a monumental meltdown to end his two-year stint with the Lady Bulldogs in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
The resignation came after NU blew a two-set lead in a stunning loss to University of Santo Tomas, 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 12-15, as the Lady Bulldogs failed to make it to the Final Four of Season 79.
“As a courtesy I have to tender my resignation kasi dalawang taon na ‘yan. Kung pababalikin ako okay lang, kung hindi naman okay lang din,” said Gorayeb, whose team finished the elimination round with a 7-7 record.
The Lady Bulldogs needed a win to force a playoff with the same squad for the last semis spot and for a brief moment it looked like they were on their way to doing it after winning the first two sets of the match.
But a semis appearance wasn't meant as Gorayeb rued NU’s inability to finish off UST in the third set, which turned the momentum towards the Tigresses on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
"Nagrelax nung third set e. Nawala yung sigla nung first two sets e. Nung third set, biglang nagbago. Nung fourth, ayun kinapos. Tapos nung fifth set sayang na sayang," he continued.
Despite the collapse, the veteran head coach is not wasting time in dwelling with the defeat.
"Ganun talaga, di natuloy e. Kahit gaano ka-painful sa amin yun we have to accept it. It's survival e," said Gorayeb.
"Deserve ng UST yan kasi di sila umayaw. Naglaro ang mga bata, UST, NU naglaro ng maayos e. Nakakahinayang lang pero nothing to be ashamed of. Still proud of the girls," he added.
The veteran mentor joined NU in January of 2015 to replace Dong dela Cruz in Season 77.
When Gorayeb came in, NU had a 2-3 win-loss record. The Lady Bulldogs later finished the elimination round 8-6 under Gorayeb and made it to the Final Four and settled for the third spot.
In Season 78, NU also had an even record 7-7 and failed to make it to the semifinals.
Gorayeb believes that it is just proper to step down and give the school the right to choose the next head coach for the team.
“Kailangan ‘yan eh, courtesy resignation ‘yan,” he said. “Kung kukunin nila ako, syempre tutuloy ko, maganda naman. Kung gusto nila ako palitan, okay lang din naman. Marami rin nag-aano (gusto ang posisyon ko) dyan.”
Looking on the bright side, Gorayeb now charges this season to experience as the Lady Bulldogs are almost intact for next year—an advantage for whoever ends up as NU coach.
"Reflect lang kung ano yung pagkukulang, kung ano yung dapat baguhin, idagdag at bawasan. It's a good run," he said.
"Kulang lang talaga ng effort konting konti pa. Andyan pa naman lahat next year."