DLSU stuck on cloud 9, lacked ‘will to win’ against UST, says Ara Galang
MANILA, Philippines - It’s only the middle of the season but the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament has already been a whirlwind. One of the highlights early in the league is De La Salle University toppling defending champion Ateneo De Manila in their first edition clash via straight set victory.
The Green and White fans were still hungover when the Lady Spikers met the University of Sto. Tomas Golden Tigresses.
Everyone thought it would be an easy last game for the Lady Spikers to close the first round of eliminations, but the sixth seeded UST showed an impressive outing to pull the Lady Spikers back to earth in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-21.
Even UAAP Season 75 Most Valuable Player Ara Galang didn’t know what to make of it.
“I honestly don’t know what happened. We really fell short and we let the opponent win without us fighting,” Galang said in Filipino. “We lacked the will to win.” She added.
UST outscored La Salle in the attack battle, 33-26, and a slew of 29 errors plagued them.
“Hinahayaan lang namin sila mag point.”
(We just allowed them to score points.)
Even La Salle Coach Ramil De Jesus agreed that his team gave away points too easily through service errors.
“Makikita mo na inconsistent kami sa service. Malambot din yung attack,” he said.
(You can see our inconsistencies in our services. The attacks weren’t hard enough.)
Aside from this, both Galang and De Jesus noted that their huge win against Ateneo may have played a factor in their poor performance last Sunday.
“Siguro may factor pa yun. Siguro hanggang ngayon nasa cloud 9 pa,” De Jesus said.
(Maybe, it’s still a factor. Maybe until now, we’re still on cloud 9.)
Galang added that the said Ateneo win may have affected her team without them knowing.
“For me, hindi ko naman yun naisip pero siguro isang factor nadin yun na hindi namin alam na maaapektuhan kami.”
(I wasn’t thinking about it but maybe, it really is a factor and we weren’t aware that it could affect us.)
The second round kicks off on Saturday and DLSU will take on Far Eastern University. Coach Ramil just hopes for the best after all.
“Pa start palang yung second round. Hopefully, makabalik.”
(The second round is just about to start. Hopefully, we’ll bounce back.) – Rappler.com