You know La Salle head coach Ramil de Jesus means business when he sends his girls straight to training after a disappointing game.
This is exactly what happened Wednesday when the Lady Spikers bowed to lower seeded UST in straight sets, sending their confidence crashing back to earth after a rousing win against Ateneo just three days before.
“Yes, diretso kami sa training after nung game,” confirmed skipper Kim Fajardo.
This is not something new for the Taft squad. In fact, this is the 3rd time La Salle was immediately sent back to training after a poor performance in the last 3 years.
Instead of seeing this as a punishment, Fajardo looks at is as a reminder of their goal for Season 78.
“Kahit naman kami hindi namin alam ano ‘yung nangyari. Parang hindi kami ‘yung naglaro. Nagising na lang kami after ng game na tapos na pala,” shared Fajardo. “Ano nangyari? Ano’ng ginawa namin? Bakit ganun ang resulta? Ganun ‘yung feeling. Nakakapanghinayang kasi nandun na sana kami e.”
Though she still finished with 25 excellent sets, Fajardo’s efforts did not equate to a win as UST found an antidote to La Salle’s heavy kills and serves.
Asked what she thinks they lacked in their last outing in the 1st round, the league-leading playmaker said she, too, cannot figure it out.
“Hindi ko talaga alam ano ang nangyari. Ang bigat lang ng feeling na parang pilit ‘yung lahat ng gagawin sa loob,” she shared.
“Basta ang alam ko lang, hindi kami ‘yun. Hindi ‘yun ‘yung team ng La Salle na kilala ko sa loob ng court,” she told FOX Sports.
Though the extra training did not last long, it was full of lessons and reminders, according to Fajardo.
By the end of that unfortunate day, the fire in their eyes, which was evident when they dominated Ateneo, was back just in time for their preparations for the next round.
On why she thinks the training was beneficial, the captain says, “Pina-realize niya lang sa amin kahapon kung ano kami.”
“Dun sa training namin na ‘yun makikita mo sa mata pa lang ng bawat isa ‘yung fire na wala nung game,” added the former Best Setter. “Parang kung pinalaban mo kami ng suntukan sa totoong boxer lalaban kami o kaya parang gustong kumain ng tao.”
“Nawala nung game e. Tahimik lahat. Ang bigat,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio