Former UAAP MVP and La Salle star Aby Marano hopes the Lady Spikers would come together as a team in their do-or-die tiff against FEU on Wednesday.
After seeing her alma mater fall to a determined Lady Tamaraws side Sunday, the 3-time UAAP champion said the Taft squad’s mood suddenly changed when their foes mounted a comeback late in the third set.
“Nung first 2 sets, ganado sila e. Nung third set na medyo nahabol sila ng FEU, nagpalit yung aura nila sa loob,” she shared. “Hindi sabay-sabay yung pagiging intense nila, yung pagiging aggressive.”
“Sayang lang e. Parang may nagsa-stop. May nagste-step-up na na player tapos biglang magkakaron ng error. Hindi nasusunod yung may nag-step-up tapos may susunod na magse-step-up para lahat makapuntos na and ma-overcome na yung pagkakamali,” she added.
As the Lady Tamaraws found their groove, the Lady Spikers were shut down and lost their momentum until the end of the match.
Although 5 La Salle players ended the game with double-digit scoring, the Lady Spikers were unable to handle FEU’s 3-pronged attack featuring Remy Palma, Bernadeth Pons and Toni Rose Basas in the end game.
“Hindi lang nila na-overcome yung ingay nung FEU. Dapat kasi kapag nag-ingay na yung kalaban mo, ma-alarma ka na. Mag-ingay ka din. Labanan mo yung ingay, hindi ka pwedeng tumahimik. Tapos pag nakapuntos ka tsaka ka i-ingay,” she explained. “Kasi volleyball is parang psychological lang minsan e. Minsan papakita mo lang na malakas ka, nananakot ka, pero di naman pala.”
“Nasa player din kung magpapa-apekto ka dun. Pano ba ma-overcome yung ingay ng kalaban, pano ba ma-overcome yung pagiging intimidated sakanila, kasi kung ganun ang labanan, dapat hindi ka magpatalo. Dapat mang-intimidate ka din. Nagka baliktad lang talaga yung aura nila (sa loob ng court). Napunta sa FEU yung momentum,” she added.
As the Lady Spikers lost their hard-earned twice-to-beat advantage, the wards of coach Ramil de Jesus will be hard-pressed to beat FEU in Game 2.
Marano said the key is to work as a team, focus on their goal and never waver even when their opponents are making a run.
“Kailangan mas tumibay sila. Tibayan pa nila yung puso nila, yung loob nila na mananalo sila sa next games. Kasi ang goal naman ng La Salle e mag Finals and mag Champion. In order for them to reach that, they need to be geared up on their game against FEU on Wednesday,” she closed. — By Joyce Palad