A lackluster 3rd set by Ateneo allowed UST to snatch a set from defending champions in their Sunday matchup, and senior spiker Amy Ahomiro isn’t happy about it.
Minutes after the Lady Eagles completed the 25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 25-15 win — their 2nd straight in the UAAP Seaosn 78 women’s volleyball tournament — the New Zealand native admitted they played out of sorts.
“We played really bad,” she said. “UST is always a hard team to play against, but I don’t think we played our game. We were a bit rattled, and I think we were a bit overconfident.”
“They’re just so strong. They’re the type of team that if you let them get a little bit, they are going to keep pushing and they will just keep pushing all the way. And that’s what they did,” Ahomiro, who had 8 points, added.
Ateneo overpowered the Golden Tigresses in the 2 opening sets, but was caught by surprise as the ladies of coach Kung Fu Reyes started hot in the 3rd.
“They came on super strong, and I think we were kind of settled because we were up 2 sets,” she said. “They came in firing our defense the whole time.”
It was also in that fateful set that Ahomiro was subbed out for Kim Gequillana, but the former believes it was because of her own doing.
“Okay naman, we’re trying out different things to see what works for us,” she said while adding she’s still adjusting to being an opposite hitter.
“It’s a sacrifice I have to make for the team,” she explained. “I just have to keep working at it.”
And though she isn’t complaining, Ahomiro still has a soft spot for her former position.
“Siguro I prefer being a quicker, but we’re few in the team, and I’m a senior now so I have to make some sacrifices for the team and do what’s best for the team and not what’s best for me,” she said. — By Arylle Magtalas