FORMER FEU star Bernadeth Pons believes that the current Lady Tamaraws still lack the killer instinct after their heart-breaking meltdown to Ateneo in their first round UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball duel.
Watching as part of the Sunday crowd at the jampacked Arena in San Juan City, Pons witnessed her former teammates blow a two-set lead and fall the hard way at the expense of the Ateneo Lady Eagles in five sets, 25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 18-25, 12-15.
Even the former do-it-all Lady Tamaraw, who led FEU to a Finals appearance last season after dismantling Ateneo in the Final Four, also felt remorseful that the Lady Tams were just a set away from a huge win before it turned into the team’s second straight loss in three outings.
“Lesson learned sa kanila kasi sobrang sayang. Masasabi mo na lang sa dulo na sayang talaga,” Pons said. “Alam talaga nila na kaya nila at makuuha talaga pero ganun pa nangyare. Two sets up tas umabot ng fifth set, natalo pa.”
“Kulang pa din yung pagdating na sa dulo, yung pagka dikdikan, medyo nawawala din sila,” she added.
Pons, now a full-time Petron Blaze Spiker in the Philippine Superliga, went to the locker room and talked to her former teammates, who committed seven of their 38 team errors in the fifth set.
“Sinabi ko lang pag bandang dulo, doon kasi dikdikan na, doon sila decision making medyo alangan,” Pons said. “Sa game nila ngayon yung game na magpapatibay sa kanila sa character nila kasi nila as a player.“
The ex-FEU star believes that the Lady Tamaraws, bannered by Jerrili Malabanan, Heather Guino-o, Celine Domingo, Kyle Negrito, Buding Duremdes and rookie Lycha Ebon will recover from the heart-breaking meltdown.
“Panalo man o talo, may mapupulot na lesson ka diyan,” Pons said. “Kailangan lang nila i-review yung game nila tas pagaralan at i-analayze nila ano yung kulang nila doon tas iimprove nila sa training.”
“Eto yung pinakamagandang laro nila na mas marami pa silang maiimprove pa kasi kita naman na potential sila, lahat sila,” she added.
Despite her team falling to sixth place with a 1-2 win-loss record before facing UST (2-1) on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum, Pons knows that the Lady Tamaraws will come back stronger and learn how to close out games soon.
“Mahaba pa yung liga, marami pang time para iimprove yung attitude nila, kailangan ng winning attittutde at mag work as a team,” she said.