MANILA, Philippines – They were up by two sets and everyone thought it was over. But things took an unexpected turn and just like that, the Adamson Lady Falcons rallied a come-from-behind win to spoil a 3-game winning streak for the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws.
Luck was not on their side but more than that, FEU Coach Shaq Delos Santos concedes that the collapse indicates a lack of maturity.
“The momentum was suddenly stolen by Adamson although we really gave it our all. The game was just not for us,” said Delos Santos in Filipino.
“I think what we really have to maintain is the maturity of the team.”
The Lady Tamaraws started strong in the first two frames but Adamson snatched away the momentum and cruised their way to victory in the last 3 sets. The Lady Tamaraws completely collapsed in the deciding canto, recording 41 errors all in all.
“They really gave up on the fifth set,” he added.
FEU, who pulled an impressive 5-set win against UP, now drops to 3-3 while the Lady Falcons raised their record to 2-4.
Delos Santos finds his players inconsistent and added that he needs everyone to step up, most especially seniors Mary Palma and returning setter Gyzelle Sy.
Aside from the two mentioned, Bernadeth Pons and Toni Rose Basas have also been serving as key weapons for the FEU side. They have consistently been finishing with double digits and contributed 25 and 20 points respectively in yesterday’s game.
The FEU mentor is quick to point out that it must always be a team effort.
“We have to mature individually. The team will not mature as a whole if only some are maturing.”
However, Delos Santos knows that maturity doesn’t come overnight but is something that must be developed.
“We know our players. They will really fight until the end.”
FEU will wrap up the first round of eliminations against National University on Sunday. – Rappler.com
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