When Tai Bundit first came to the Philippines, the only word many understood him say was ‘happy.’ The Thai coach was known as the mentor who taught Ateneo to focus on enjoying the game while putting on a show of his own with his dancing in the sidelines.
This approach has resulted to back-to-back championships for the Lady Eagles and the success hasn’t gone unnoticed, with teams — including bitter rival La Salle — also utilizing it.
Known more as a squad showing business-like demeanor, the Lady Spikers were dancing and playing happy in their big Game 2 win over FEU in the semifinals.
Bundit is just glad to see his opponents following his style.
“I am happy, because I saw La Salle dancing. La Salle all follow Ateneo,” he said.
More than preparing for La Salle’s dance moves, however, Bundit is focused on getting the Lady Eagles ready for what is expected to be a close finals series.
“Not easy (training), but if not train hard, team will not be okay,” he said. “Hard practice, when competition easy.”
Bundit hopes to jumpstart their 3-peat bid with a big win on Saturday, something he sees that will set the tone for another championship.
“If win Game 1, I believe Game 2 can win,” he said, but stressing it won’t be a walk in the park. “Not easy. All team Ateneo can win, but not easy.”
“La Salle this year is better team. Me thinking La Salle wants to win. Ateneo don’t want to win. Ateneo believe to win,” he closed. — By Arylle Magtalas