LOURDES Clemente proved her doubters wrong as she bounced back with a better performance that helped De La Salle regain its winning ways in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.
After committing five of La Salle’s 17 service errors including the service fault that put University of the Philippines at match point before winning in three sets last Sunday, Clemente showed that an off game won’t define her one-and-done season with the Lady Spikers.
Clemente only had one service error in La Salle’s four faults and she had nine points from five blocks as the Lady Spikers vented their ire on National University Lady Bulldogs ,25-20, 25-18, 25-10, on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
“Nag-focus talaga ako. Kasi last time, nagfo-focus ako lagi, ang first ko po muna is sa palo talaga muna. Siguro, nakalimutan ko po yung service, masyado akong nag-focus sa net,” the middle blocker said. “Kaya pagdating ko sa service area, eh pag hindi ako nabigyan sa harap, parang nagd-doubt ako. Service na naman, ganyan.”
Some fans at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City were booing Clemente when she was at the service line in last Sunday’s match.
That’s why this game, the former University of Perpetual Help star made sure to prove her doubters wrong and be on target at the service line this time.
“Pag nagka-service ako tapos bina-bash ako ng crowd, parang nagkaroon ako ng doubt,” she said. “Tapos after ng game na yun, sabi ko sa sarili ko, babawi ako. Prove them wrong.”
La Salle head coach Ramil de Jesus was glad that the Lady Spikers avoided errors only having 10 miscues compared to their 37 faults last game.
“Lagi kong nire-remind. Kung less yung errors malamang manalo. Kasi yung binigay mong error sa kalaban, point yun,” De Jesus said. “Kung 37 errors ba naman, halos isang set at kalahati ang binigay mong point sa kalaban, paano ka pa mananalo noon? Kung ang kalaban mo, less 10 errors lang. So sabi ko, pag na-minimize natin yung errors, malaki ang chance manalo.”
The 6-foot-2 middle blocker is grateful that his coach never stopped believing in them that denied all the doubts against them and keep their faith in themselves this season.
“Lagi kaming nire-remind ni coach na maniwala ka lang sa sarili mo, maniwala ka lang sa kasama mo, at maniwala kayo sa team niyo na malakas kayo,” Clemente said. “Yun lang ang lagi niyang nire-remind na nagpa-wake up sa amin kanina sa amin sa game.”