UST coach sees silver lining despite UAAP volleyball finals heartbreak
MANILA, Philippines – The UST Golden Tigresses may have failed to win back the UAAP women's volleyball crown, but this does not mean they were left empty-handed.
UST coach Kung Fu Reyes said his wards have gained a ton of experience after the Tigresses pushed the Ateneo Lady Eagles to a winner-take-all match before running out of steam in a Game 3 loss on Saturday, May 18.
"Good season, pero short 'yung tapos natin. Hindi natin nakuha 'yung gusto nating maibalik 'yung korona sa UST," said Reyes.
(It was a good season, but we fell short. We didn't get to bring the crown back to UST.)
"Pero naman 'yung sa experience sa mga bata, learning experience, check na tayo doon. We accomplished something this season. Coming from 7th place, binaliktad lang natin, napunta tayo sa No. 2 spot so not bad," he added.
(But when it comes to gaining experience, learning experience, we've accomplished that. We accomplished something this season. Coming from 7th place, we reversed that, we've improved to the No. 2 spot so not bad.)
UST's finish also exceeded expectations, especially since Reyes' initial goal was only to reach the Final Four.
"Pagpasok natin noong Final Four, noong nanalo tayo doon sa playoffs, doon nag-start 'yung aim na better ranking or makuha natin 'yung finals," he said.
(When we advanced to the Final Four, when we won in the playoffs, that was when we started to aim for a better ranking or win a finals berth.)
"Kaya lang, talagang lumabas 'yung pagiging beterano ni Ateneo. Pero again, 'di naman tayo tumigil."
(It's just that Ateneo showed how to play like a veteran. But again, we didn't stop.)
Reyes also praised his graduating players Sisi Rondina and Rica Rivera. He hopes his younger cogs pick up where the veterans left off as the Tigresses look to complete their unfinished business in Season 82.
"We will come back stronger," Reyes said. – Juro Morilla/Rappler.com