After unleashing Kim Dy in a surprise move when they first met, coach Ramil de Jesus says he has no more additional tricks up his sleeve in their Round 2 meeting Sunday.
“So far, nalabas naman na lahat,” he said. “Depende na lang sa magiging outcome ng game. Kung sino maganda performance, sinong mababa.”
With Ateneo middle blocker Maddie Madayag out for the season and veteran Amy Ahomiro returning to her hold position, the La Salle mentor believes the situation is an advantage for the Lady Spikers.
Before Madayag went down with an ACL tear, the Davao native has been providing rock-solid blocking and on-point service for the Lady Eagles.
“Nawala na yun,” said De Jesus of Madayag’s contributions. “At the same time, yung wings nila medyo lumiit, hindi katulad nung nandoon si Ahomiro. Hindi naman magiging sobrang advantage. Depende pa rin kung sino mas makaka-receive sa game on Sunday.”
That last sentence proved to be the game-changer last February, when the Taft squad fired missile after missile from the service line.
The back-to-back defending champions were unable to respond well to La Salle’s ploy and bowed in straight sets.
“Hindi naman matatalo ang isang team ng sobrang dali, unless hindi mag-perform o lumabas yung character ng team. Pero kung ibe-base mo sa statistics o sa kayang magawa ng team, mahirap sabihing easy game,” he added.
According to De Jesus, if both squads play with character and full energy, a more exciting matchup — one that could last the distance — could be at hand.
“Mahirap. Siguro baka umabot pa ng 5 sets yan. Kung magkakatalunan based sa character,” he said. “Maraming kaming advantage, pero marami ring advantage yung kabilang team. Kailangan lang ma-maximize kung ano yung mga advantage na iyon.” — By Arylle Magtalas