“Honestly, napapagod na ako.”
These were the words UE coach Francis Vicente uttered after the Lady Warriors dropped their 52nd straight game in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The spikers off Recto battled Adamson toe-to-toe, but just couldn’t break through in the 22-25, 22-25, 19-25 defeat — Vicente’s 21st consecutive since taking over the helm in Season 77.
“Parang hindi pumapasok sa isip nila,” Vicente, who was successful in his stints with NU and UST High School, added.
The coach, however, hasn’t given up just yet, especially because of the relationship he’s built with his players for the past 2 years.
“Mahal ko yung mga bata eh. Siyempre mga anak ko ‘yan eh. Hindi naman ako yung tipong coach na pag pangit performance mo tanggal ka na,” he admitted. “I have that conscience pa din.”
With his team performing better in their game against the Lady Falcons, Vicente shared that he has finally found the right approach that will motivate his players to perform.
“Kailangan magulang ka sakanila. At the same time, coach ka. Kailangan kaibigan ka sakanila pati kapatid, lahat eh. Kailangan nila ‘yun. Kung hindi mo ibibigay sakanila ‘yun magrerebelde sila sayo,” he said.
“Iba kasi yung pinagdaanan nila. Hindi kamukha yung sa NU. Parang hirap na hirap parin sila alisin yung mga nakaraan na siguro traumatic for them,” he closed. — By Arylle Magtalas