It was a loss that still made coach Roger Gorayeb a little happy.
Moments after NU lost a gripping 5-setter to Pocari Sweat, the NU mentor chose to look on the positive side as they gave the fancied club team a run for their money.
“Unang una, sampu lang kami. Pangalawa, mga estudyante lang to e. Ang kalaban namin club team, selection ng iba’t-ibang eskwelahan,” he said. “Sabi ko sa kanila, wala tayong dapat ikahiya kasi unang-una, eskwelehan lang tayo. Hindi kayo club team.”
Gorayeb knows how big of a deal it is to go toe-to-toe with a powerhouse club team after having steered PLDT to 2 Shakey’s V-League titles in 2015.
“Morale booster sa inyo yan,” he said, relating what he told his players. “Ako naman kasi, yung pagsali namin dito, di naman kailangan na, ‘O kailangan manalo tayo dito ah.’ Kung club team to, talagang pupwersahin mo.”
Whether the Lady Bulldogs continue their surge remains to be seen, but Gorayeb will need his stars like Jaja Santiago and Risa Sato to come out bigger when they face Bali Pure on Monday.
The Purest Water Defenders dropped their first game against Air Force, but will be welcoming back-to-back NCAA MVP Grethcel Soltones when they tangle with NU.
Gorayeb believes the Lady Bulldogs have the talent to make Bali Pure work, but would have to believe they can do it.
“Gusto ko lang maiba na yung takbo ng isip nila e,” he said. “Sana nagbago na. Masaya na ako.” — By Joyce Palad