Even after crushing Baguio, NU needs to pack more bite, says coach

Determined to bring a new identity to his rebuilding squad, NU coach Roger Gorayeb wants the Lady Bulldogs to pack more bite and forget their tamed version when inside the taraflex court.

That was his point of emphasis in NU’s win over hapless Baguio, 25-10, 25-19, 25-11, in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference, Monday night at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

“Gusto ko yung movements nila umayos, kaso ang dami pa ring miscommunication, doon pa rin kami sa personal habit nila yan kasi lumalabas yung pagkamabait nilang player,” said Gorayeb. “Sobrang babait nila, parang nahihiya sila magsalita, parang yung ugali nila sa labas na mababait sila sa isa’t isa, pagdating sa loob, yun pa rin nadadala nila.”

After flooding the gates in the opening set, the Lady Bulldogs had to deny Baguio’s spirited rally in the second frame before putting up the finishing touches to clinch their third win for a tie for fourth place with idle Laoag.

Jaja Santiago preyed on the winless Summer Spikers to finish with 18 points off 11 kills, 4 blocks, and 3 service aces while Jasmine Nabor was steady in her setting chores for NU with 26 excellent sets.

Still that doesn’t make Gorayeb happy, as he emphasized that they have already blown 3 5-setters in the tourney despite leading early.

“Andami pa rin naming kailangan baguhin kasi lately bumabalik yung dating laro nila. Di agad overnight siguro mapapalitan yun,” he explained. “Mas gusto ko nga yung nagugulpi kaso baliktad nangyayari, nauuna kami sa gulpihan, nauuna kami sa dala-dalawang sets sa mga club teams, nauuna kami tapos tsaka kami madadali.”

But Gorayeb sees the silver lining in their experience in the Open Conference, adding it will be just a bonus if they will make it to the playoffs.

“Nanduon yung potensyal, kailangan lang maniwala sila na nagbabago na ang lahat, nagbabago na yung sistema, yung laro nila.” — By Jason Mercene