UNIVERSITY of the Philippines coach Jerry Yee was filled with pride with the fight aptly displayed by the Lady Fighting Maroons in bagging their fourth straight win in the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball tournament, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22, over a tough Adamson squad on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
The veteran mentor was particularly impressed with the grit and resilience his young team is finally showing this season, compared to his first two years at the school when the team would just fold in the face of a big lead.
In this game, UP clawed back from a four-point deficit, 15-19, in the third set before the Lady Fighting Maroons finished the sweep against the struggling Lady Falcons.
“Syempre gusto na rin natin na nakakabangon sila sa ganyang set-up. A year or two [years] ago siguro natalo na kami,” he said.
“So this time probably meron na tayong maturity na nakita, so credit to them pa rin, nakakabawi,” he added.
The Diliman-based squad currently holds third spot with a 6-3 win-loss record, a major improvement from its 5-9 finish in Season 77 and 3-11 during Yee’s first year with the team.
Yee, however, did not see the sudden coaching change in Adamson as a factor to their win.
Domeng Custodio, who handles the Adamson men’s volleyball team, was tapped to handle the Lady Falcons after Sherwin Meneses stepped down as head coach on Thursday.
“I’m not sure, I’m not thinking about that. Ang sa amin lang iwasan lang namin maging complacent, which [happened]. Lumabas kami very complacent,” said Yee.