The Lady Tamaraws are in for an intense week-long training due to their bad performance which caused them to get swept by defending champion Ateneo Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Arena.
This was the hunch of former FEU star Tin Agno, who was at the sidelines when her hapless teammates just couldn’t find an antidote to Ateneo’s non-stop barrage of attacks coming from all cylinders.
On who should undergo the rigorous one-man defense drills, Agno shares, “Pwede lahat? Ang alam ko lahat sila one-man after training kahit tig 10 minutes.”
Just what is a one-man drill and why does it serve as the best punishment for a lackluster performance?
Agno explains, “‘Yung one-man kahit saan ibato ng coach ‘yan, malayo o maikli, ikaw ang kukuha nyan. Sa’yo lahat ‘yan para ma-build up ‘yung stamina mo at willingness na makuha ‘yung bola.”
“Magkakaron ka ng will mo dun na manalo. Feeling ko talaga may mawa-one-man,” she added.
FEU’s defense was destroyed by Alyssa Valdez as she finished with 20 big points, 17 of which came from kills.
In perfect contrast, Toni Rose Basas ended the match as the Morayta crew’s topscorer despite only tallying 8 points.
For Agno, who now plays for club team Philippine Army, her erstwhile teammates will experience what she had to go through before being one of the best liberos in the UAAP during her time.
“Kulang sila sa focus eh. Dapat alam muna nila sa sarili nila kung ano ‘yung kaya nila i-contribute para mag work talaga,” she said.
“Ako talaga one-man ang parusa ko, kahit sino naman siguro sinong defense specialist lalo na sa tulad ko na senior year ko,” added the Batangueña. “Pero dun sa parusang ‘yun, natutunan kong kailangan ko angkinin lahat ng bola.”
Having followed the tournament since its kick off late January, Agno gladly provided her assessment of her former team, saying leadership is what’s lacking so far in the team’s quest for the elusive 30th women’s volley title.
“Walang leadership sa loob at walang communication sa loob. ‘Yung composure wala din. Walang nagse-step-up,” she shared. “Nakakahabol naman kaso pag nasa kanila na ang momentum, magshi-shift bigla dahil nga sa errors.”
“Pero kasi hindi mo pwede i-asa lahat sa training eh. Nasa mindset na ng tao ‘yan. Tulad nyan, ginagawa na lahat ng coaching staff at management. Siyempre kailangan ‘yung players din ibalik nila ‘yung dapat para sa school,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio