LOURDES Clemente finally made her presence felt for La Salle after two so-so performances in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
Clemente, in her one and only season with the Lady Spikers after seeing action for Perpetual Help in the NCAA, only had five points but those came on the crucial stretch of the third and fourth sets.
The Lady Spikers stopped the Lady Bulldogs in four for their third win in as many matches.
Coach Ramil de Jesus admits Clemente has yet to fully adjust to the UAAP style of play, but acknowledges that the 6-foot-1 middle blocker already has the skills to help lift the Lady Spikers in certain situations.
“Sabi ko naman may time talaga na kailangan ko si Lourdes. So ito siguro yung isa sa mga oras na kailangan ko siya sa court,” De Jesus said.
“Yung transition as a middle, kailangan lang niyang ma-adapt. May mga times na pagka papalo siya, hinto, tapos papalo, hinto,” the 11-time UAAP champion coach said.
“Siguro sa kabilang liga kasi, pag-palo ito patay na kaagad, wala yung rally. 'Di ba? Kasi malaki siya, hindi halos humahaba yung rally, kaya hindi napu-push ng napu-push yung limits ni Lourdes, kaya minsan hindi na nache-check,” he added.
Scoreless in La Salle’s first two matches, Clemente finally got things going on Wednesday, and is eager to do more.
“Medyo nakakuha ko kahit papaano ng kumpiyansa pero hindi pa rin ako satisfied sa nilaro ko today. Kasi marami pa ring kulang, ganyan, kahit sa training. Marami pa rin kulang talaga,” said Clemente, who is taking up master’s degree in marketing.
“Lahat ng kulang ko, kailangan kong pag-tuunan ng pansin. Laging sinasabi sa amin ng coaches namin na wag makuntento sa kung ano ang ginagalaw namin, dapat mas dagdagan pa namin,” she added.
The former NCAA best blocker admitted that she is having a hard time adjusting in the UAAP.
“Sobrang laki. Like, sa system nga po, talagang ang laki ng difference talaga. And ayoko naman pong mag-compare, pero mas mahirap lang po talaga yung ngayon,” Clemente said.
“Yung first goal ko po muna sa ngayon is kailangan ko pong mas mabilis ma-adapt ang system ni coach. Yun lang po muna,” Clemente said.