UE’s Abil admits lackluster defense doomed them vs UP

For University of the East to notch a win in UAAP Season 78, sophomore spiker Judith Abil believes the team should work on their defense.

The Lady Warriors looked promising at the start of the first set, only to be humbled by a re-energized University of the Philippines side as they absorbed a 20-25, 13-25, 21-25 straight loss.

“We should improve our defense. It is very evident that our defense is absent in our game,” Abil, who had 5 points for the Recto-based volleybelles, told FOX Sports in Filipino.

While committing 24 unforced errors, UE’s slow-to-react defense allowed UP to score 38 kills.

“We were focused on getting points to help the team but it did not translate to good attacks and efficient services in this game,” she admitted.

Up against a formidable foe in FEU next weekend, Abil promised to step up and learn from the past as the season progresses.

“We will try to address our mistakes while establishing good communication in the process,” she said.

Despite the Lady Warriors not getting exposure from pre-season tournaments, Abil is positive that her team has the potential to make a splash this season.

“We are a different team right now. We will rise above the adversity with the help of our coaches,” Abil said.

By Jason Mercene