LookBack: UE lays egg in S75
MANILA, Philippines -- Despite their roster's lack of star power, University of the East was a bit competitive in 2011-12, actually sweeping their season series with both National University and University of the Philippines to finish at 4-10.
But the graduation of leaders Dawn Dizon and Kiteh Rosale left a gaping hole in the Lady Warriors' attacks and the result was a damning crash in Season 75, when UE finished winless in 14 matches.
The Lady Warriors were actually competitive in a few of their games and as a matter of fact, were on the verge of blowing by the Lady Maroons before a meltdown in the last three sets doomed them.
Best: Leuseht Dawis. In a year with not much to celebrate about, Dawis was a mild success in Season 75 and was unarguably the most consistent weapon coach Boy Dalistan had throughout the tournament.
Dawis averaged 8.9 points in 14 outings, norming 1.6 blocks per game and dishing out an impressive 26-point performance against University of the Philippines in the second round, when the comely blocker had 18 hits, six blocks and two aces.
Worst: UE's attack. There was just not much choice for the Lady Warriors this season, as only Dawis, Faith Bulan and Shiesa Nebrida carried the Recto-based crew's offense.
And unfortunately for fans of UE, they were not that impressive, either. The Lady Warriors combined to connect on a league-worst 22.78% of their shots and actually got more points off opponent errors than from their attack.
Future's not so bright: The steady decline of the UE volleyball program reached ground level in Season 75, as they screeched to a 0-14 record that was not unexpected before the tournament began.
Sadly, the near future doesn't look so bright for the Lady Warriors, with no blue-chip recruits flocking to the once-proud program and the development of their current players not great enough to help them contend. - Rappler.com