“Pahinga? Wala sa bokabularyo yun.”
That was La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus’s response when asked whether they would rest before preparing for their rematch with bitter rival Ateneo on April 10.
The Lady Spikers handily swept UE, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena, giving the Taft squad 8 full days before they battle the Lady Eagles next Sunday.
With the win guaranteeing a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, La Salle’s next match against Ateneo won’t have any effect on the standings.
“Sa ngayon naman no bearing naman na yung games e. So yung 1 and 2 wala ng aabot. Kumbaga placing nalang yung kukunin,” he said.
“Less pressure kasi makakapaglaro ka nung hindi mo kailangan na kailangan na manalo. At least sa side ng players maganda siya. Considered na din as a tune-up game. Kesa yung papasok ka sa loob ng court na pressured ka dahil kailangan mo manalo.”
Nonetheless, De Jesus believes the Lady Spikers will not pull punches when they face the Lady Eagles anew.
“Hindi naman pwedeng sige laruin lang natin,” the coach stressed. “Alam naman natin na pag Ateneo-La Salle, kahit sabihin natin na wala namang bearing yan pero makikita mo sa mga bata na pride kasi e. Yung pride andun.”
La Salle downed Ateneo in surprising fashion when they met for the first time last February 27. — By Joyce Palad