There have been rumors circulating as to why NU has been playing badly the past few games, but even Lady Bulldogs star Jaja Santiago is at a loss as to what has really hit her team.
“Wala, di ko rin alam kasi nasa labas din naman ako kanina, iniisip ko din kung ano yung nangyayari sa amin, kung ano yung kulang. Wala akong masabi,” said Santiago, who was benched late in their loss to UP last Wednesday.
The 6-foot-5 middle blocker admitted that it was her fault that she was taken out of the match.
“Wala na po akong natutulong sa loob,” she said. “Di ko po rin alam kung bakit di ako makakilos nang maayos.”
After suffering their 2nd straight loss last Sunday, Santiago and the rest of the Sampaloc spikers had a players-only meeting to sort out their difference.
Apparently, there has been no positive development so far.
“Yun din po yung tanong sa isip ko,” she said. “Di ko alam e. Every move namin prang may pumipigil sa amin. Di ko alam pero, yun yung hinahanap namin eh—kung ano talaga.”
Santiago shared that it was before they entered the court to face UST that they already felt something was wrong. Up until then, the Lady Bulldogs were already trying to bounce back.
But the result was a loss that spun into another defeat at the hands of FEU a few days after. Now, the powerhouse team on paper is in a tailspin.
“Inexpect namin na mas maayos na yung laro namin ngayon kaso nga, yun nga, every move namin may pumipigil sa amin,” she stressed.
For Santiago, her teammates have a lot of external distractions that could possibly be affecting their performance.
“Siguro, meron man. Pero diba sabi nila na pagnaglalaro ka nang maayos, yung mga distractions na yun hindi makikita. Pagnatatalo ka, dun makikita yung distractions,” she said. “Nasa amin talaga yung problema at kami na rin siguro yung makakasolusyon at makakahanap ng solusyon or paano kami makakabawi sa mga susunod na laro.”
“Syempre naman pipilitin namin at tsaka hangga’t maaga hinahanap namin kung ano yung mali para pagpasok ng second round maging maayos yung team namin,” Santiago closed. — By Arylle Magtalas