‘Better than expected,’ says Jerry Yee of UP’s V-League Open stint

As UP exited the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference after a loss to Laoag Monday, coach Jerry Yee said his Lady Maroons performed beyond expectations given the circumstances they faced during the tournament. 

The Diliman squad was bundled out by the Power Smashers after a 4-set encounter at the Philsports Arena, with UP’s fourth-set comeback coming up short.

“Better than what we expected. Kahit nga itong last game e. Kahit papano meron kaming chance na manalo pero siguro nag-falter kami nung bandang huli. Siguro pagod. Di naman kami tumigil sa trainings namin,” said Yee, whose team battled through scheduling problems and the loss of erstwhile setter Jewel Lai.

For the multi-titled mentor, the goal remains to be preparing well for the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball wars coming next year.

That means getting the Lady Maroons’ spikers further getting accustomed to new playmaker Mae Basarte, who has admirably filled in Lai’s position after her sudden push to the rotation.

“Marami (kaming kulang), sabay-sabay. Yung quickness, IQ, maturity, tapang, lahat. Yung mga small mistakes na kung sino kukuha ng bola in what situation. In this situation, ano gagawin mo sa bola. You get that through experience e. You get that through constant repetition of movements,” he said. “Marami pang kulang pero may improvement naman. Okay ako with them.”

Though not being able to end the Open Conference on a high note, Yee noted that this is a much better performance than what they had in Season 78.

“For me it’s better pero hindi ko gusto yung line-up na yan lang. Meaning, I would have preferred na meron pang ibang nagagamit na mabilis yung laro namin pag sila yung andyan. Pero hindi e. This group is good, pero di kami malalim with this group so I have to develop other players.”

“Pero from our UAAP up to now, malayo-layo na yun. I think ah, sakin lang, assessment ko, may improvement naman,” he closed. — By Joyce Palad