Coach Reynaldo Diaz happily watched from the sidelines as FEU cruised past La Salle, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 78 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Arena.
“Nung umupo ako, nakikita ko silang nage-enjoy, nakaka-touch. Parang nakaka-flatter. Yung objective ng coaches na ma-enjoy nila,” Diaz told the press during the post-game interview.
The Tamaraws struggled early in the game, but recovered well in the next 3 sets by posting 9 block points and 80 excellent receptions and digs combined.
“Actually, hindi pa rin kami bumibitaw sa depensa namin. Nagfo-focus pa rin kami sa blocking, kasi hindi parin namin siya ma-perfect. So naka-focus kami sa block pati sa depensa namin sa baba,” the coach added.
Diaz also commended his 2 liberos for showing maturity.
“Maganda ang nilalaro nung libero namin, yung Marmeto brothers, nakakatuwa na hindi pa sila nagpapakita ng mababang laro kaya nae-execute ng maayos yung combination plays ng setter namin,” he said.
FEU was able to dominate the Green Spikers in all fields, allowing the head coach to give his deep bench a chance to experience playing in the UAAP.
Currently having a 4-2 card, the Tamaraws are yet to face last season’s runners-up, NU. Being able to watch the “finals rematch” last Saturday, Diaz was able to create a game plan for his wards.
“Mababa ang percentage nila sa receive, page-ensayuhan namin yung service namin, para makatulong para sa laban,” he said. “Bukas training agad kami, kasi sigurado pipilitin nila umangat. Kailangan namin magbigay pa ng effort.”
Confident that his players will be able to beat NU on Wednesday, Diaz wants his players to acquire the same confidence.
“Yung confidence ko napaka-laki, kasi naniniwala ako sa mga bata. Naniniwala ako na pakita lang nila best nila, maganda ipapakita namin this season,” he said.
“Gusto ko lang maniwala sila, at kung ano yung tiwala ng coaches, ‘yun din ang tiwala nila sa sarili nila.”
Greg Dolor top scored for FEU with 19 points while captain Joshua Barrica added 15.
For La Salle, Raymark Woo remains to be the sole fighter with 17 markers. — By Arylle Magtalas