Army coach hopes Mika Reyes booing stops in rematch with F2

RC Cola-Army head coach Kung Fu Reyes was generally happy with how his wards performed against a younger and more agile team in F2 Logistics.

Reyes had all the right reasons to feel satisfied despite the loss as the Lady Troopers roared back to life to push the match to a deciding frame and the opponents to almost their breaking point.

What he didn’t like, however, was how a certain group of fans booed the Cargo Movers’ Mika Reyes every time the middle blocker prepares for a serve.

“Happy naman ako. Wala namang heartache. Basta may pumapalakpak sa amin, may sumusuporta, masaya,” he told FOX Sports. “Medyo na-disappoint lang ako dun sa fan na nagbu-boo.”

Though the former La Salle star said so herself that the jeering hardly affects her anymore even during the most intense stretches of games, Reyes, who coaches UST’s women’s volleyball team, can’t help but be protective of the 3-time UAAP champ.

“Sabi ko hindi naman taga Army ito eh. Kasi ‘yung taga Army ang tagal na naming naglalaro dito wala namang nagbu-boo,” he clarified. “As a coach, gusto ko sana pigilan. Tinignan ko siya eh. Tama ako. Hindi siya taga Army,” he added. “Ayoko ng ganun. Kami ang kalaban eh. Baka sabihin sa amin ‘yan.”

After playing out his eligibility for UST in the collegiate ranks, Reyes moved on to become an assistant coach for España’s girls’ volleyball team before eventually being at the helm of both the juniors and the seniors squad.

Both Reyeses will face each other anew Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre to kick off the second round of 2016 Philippine SuperLiga All-Filipino Conference.

Aside from avenging Army’s loss, its head coach hopes that such booing won’t happen again.

“Hopefully wala nang nagbu-boo ng ganun. Nararamdaman ko din ‘yun eh. Naging player din tayo. Sa susunod palabasin na ‘yung ganun,” he closed. — By Mac Dionisio