Bad plays led to Ateneo’s downfall v Adamson, says coach

As Ateneo faltered against Adamson Wednesday, coach Oliver Almadro gave credit to how their opponents prepare hard and study his team.

“It’s hard to be #1. Defending your title is harder,” said the veteran coach as the Blue Spikers bowed to the Soaring Falcons, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22, 24-26, 13-15, in the UAAP Season 78 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“Maganda rin nilaro ng Adamson. Medyo intense sila today. They were prepared,” he added.

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“We know how it is to be #1. Kanina, hindi namin alam kung paano kung may tatalo sa amin. Eh ngayon may tumalo, so oops, we’re not #1,” Almadro said.

The Ateneo mentor admits it was his team’s fault after they failed to adjust to Adamson’s superb blocking in the last 2 sets.

“The fault’s on us. It’s not na na-block nang na-block si Marck. It’s about we had a few bad plays in the 4th set, where we could have won.” he said. “Na-maximize din ng kalaban na nagkamali kami. But I’ll take this a challenge padin.”

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Nonetheless, Almadro looks at it as a wake-up call — something similar to what they experienced at the hands of the Falcons in Season 77.

“It’s a wake up call. At least it happened this early. Kailangan lang maging stronger lang yung heart namin,” he closed. — By Arylle Magtalas