Ateneo’s Jamie Lavitoria calls for more teamwork, communication, will to win

Jamie Lavitoria struggled again in manning the floor for Ateneo in a disheartening loss to UP in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan. 

After failing to counter La Salle in their much-awaited battle last February 27, the Lady Eagles libero was subbed out again as she struggled to receive loaded services from the Lady Maroons.

“We need more teamwork and communication. Just the little things,” she said. “Lots of unforced errors, misreceives. Just the urgency and the want to win. We need more of that. We need more fire.”

The back-to-back defending champions cruised through their first 6 opponents in the tournament, but 2 straight losses have dampened the mood in Katipunan.

Lavitoria is aware of this and believes they have not given it their all the past couple of outings.

“I think we just need to come together as a team. Everybody has to want to win. We can’t just have 5 players that wants to win and one that doesn’t,” she said. “There’s a disconnect. We have to all want it because it’s a team sport. If one person doesn’t want it, then it’s not gonna work out.”

The California native also said they should work on their service receive as they try to arrest a slide that has caught them — and the rest of the league — by surprise.

“Train harder, I guess,” she said. “Basically everything. Eventually, the skill will come. We just need to come together as a team more for each point.”

“Our next game is against NU. We just need to take one game at a time, one point a time. Focus on our side of the net.”

Even with a slump, Lavitoria says that frustration is not really what she’s worried about right now.

“I wouldn’t call it frustrating, it’s in a way, will make us want it more. We just need to work harder in training. We need everyone to want to win.”

“It’s not frustrating it’s just that there are times that you want it so bad but it just doesn’t work out. But I think we just have to have teamwork. That’s the bottomline, teamwork.” — By Joyce Palad