Those were the first words UP’s Kathy Bersola uttered after their 4-set loss against Laoag in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference Monday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.
After losing in the first set, the Lady Maroons were able to get back on their feet and tie it with a 25-19 win against the Power Smashers.
But the Diliman side slowly drifted and had a hard time catching up in the last couple of frames.
Bersola, who had a stellar performance in their game against NU last Saturday ended with only 8 points — 6 shy of her 14-point output in their crucial win over the Lady Bulldogs.
“Wala akong opensa. Di kami nagmimeet nung set. Siguro yun yung nawalang factor kasi the past games okay yung flow namin kapag nakaka atake lahat. Ewan ko. Wala ako today. Puro outside,” she told FOX Sports.
“Di kami nag coconnect nung setter namin today. Feeling ko ang bagal-bagal ko. I guess, it’s pressure? But I don’t know. I really don’t know. Parang ang bilis bumigay pag nauunahan. For me, may mag nag struggle today. Hirap na hirap kami sa first ball, hirap kami mag adjust. Medyo mabagal yung process.”
Though being booted out from the race to the Final Four this conference, Bersola still looks on the brighter side of things for her and her team.
“Experience (something positive). Syempre new setter kami, siya na yung setter namin hanggang mag UAAP. Very good experience for her and chemistry din for the team kasi ito na yun e,” she said.
With only a month and a half to prepare for the Collegiate Conference, the team captain is not one to give up as she hopes the next tournament would be better for them.
“Pukpok parin. Tuloy-tuloy lang hanggang UAAP. Sige lang, laban lang ng laban. Wala namang masama, nag try naman kami kahit na ilang sunod-sunod na loss kami nung simula nung conference. Nakabawi naman kami,” she said.
“Okay lang din. May na-gain naman na confidence, na experience. Okay lang din na nalaglag kami although sayang talaga. It would’ve been better kung nakapasok kami. Pero okay narin, good experience na. Marami pa naman.” — By Joyce Palad