UNIVERSITY of the Philippines coach Jerry Yee said the UAAP women's volleyball season has seen a raft of upsets that the Lady Maroons wanted to create their own moment.
A wild and wooly season has seen National University beat La Salle, La Salle halt Ateneo's 24-game winning run, and the Lady Spikers get a dose of their own medicine after losing to University of Santo Tomas.
True enough, the Lady Maroons joined the upset act on Sunday by beating two-time champion Ateneo - the second successive loss for the Lady Eagles and UP's first against the team in their past 18 meetings.
“Nainggit kami sa mga upsets diyan so gumagaya lang kami,” Yee kidded before turning serious. “No, really, we were trying to explain to the girls na hindi naman tayo ‘yung one week na medyo nagda-doubt eh.”
Yee said he tried to convince his players to go for broke at a time when the Lady Eagles were most vulnerable, coming off their first loss of the season - and first under coach Tai Bundit - against La Salle the week before.
“‘Yung kabilang team ‘yun kasi may first loss sila since coach Tai (Bundit) got on board (two seasons ago), ang tagal-tagal na rin noon so, I’m sure may konting duda (kaya) ‘yun ang binenta ko sa girls,” he added.
“So it’s all about selling the strategy to the girls so ayun, they bought it naman, medyo kumapit and sinuwerte tayo.”
As much as he wanted to celebrate, Yee is trying to avoid getting too high after the victory.
“Uso ngayon ‘yun, ‘yung nagka-cloud nine kuno,” he said referring to La Salle’s loss to UST in the Lady Spikers' first game after winning over Ateneo.
“We try to explain lang naman to them: It’s a matter of ‘yun na nga ma-explain mabuti sa girls,” he added. “Hopefully hindi kami ma-fall into that joke or what. Hopefully not, ita-try natin ma-explain ng mabuti.”
“First win over them, over other teams pati. So, sige lang, happy kami. Pero we will still try to improve and not get contented inside our heads,” he continued.