De Jesus dismayed with Lady Spikers, looks forward to semis

De Jesus dismayed with Lady Spikers, looks forward to semis

Defending champions De La Salle University Lady Spikers had been in prime position to take the first seed earlier today. Facing an Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles squad without ace spiker Jhoana Maraguinot, La Salle took to the SMART-Araneta Coliseum with a complete lineup.

But La Salle faltered, falling to Ateneo in four sets — losing both games of their elimination round match-ups.

Despite losing, head coach Ramil De Jesus was still optimistic about his team’s prospects in the Final Four. Facing a hungry University of Santo Tomas team, De Jesus wants his Lady Spikers to reflect on their mistakes.

“So, siguro, tawag dito, isa pa rin ‘yun sa mga dapat tutukan ng team.

“Kasi alam natin na kahit na nakakuha ka ng set ay hindi pa rin ganoon kadaling paawayin ang kalaban. At least meron pang time para mag-ayos para sa team,” said De Jesus as his La Salle team braces for an all-out war on April 22 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Regaining confidence after losing to Ateneo will be the first thing they will work on, said the DLSU Hall of Famer.UAAP 79 ADMU vs. DLSU - Fajardo-0454

“Siguro, sa confidence, siguro, yun lang yung pinaka-mabigat, pero ang importante naman kasing game is ‘yung semis. Doon naman nagsta-start talaga ang totoong laban, hindi naman dito. Kumbaga, ito, placing lang. So yung sa 22, yun yung start ng talagang totoong bakbakan,” added the nine-time UAAP champion.

“Sabi ko nga, doon mag-stastart ang totoong labanan, so kailangan doon ka na wag magpapatalo. So lahat gagawin namin para sa game na ‘yun.”

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  • rolando villanueva

    I have always posted that Coach Ramil always relies on seven players only. His rotation of players leaves much to be desired. While all other teams utilized a minimum of 9 to 10 players, Ramil is scared to let her reserves play. If ever he let them play, they will not last 15 minutes of playing time. This coach does not have confidence in his reserves to the point it retardsthe development of those talented players an example of which is May Luna.

    Take the case of Dy who was made to sit in the bench for two years until she confronted Ramil about her status and was given a playing time. Admittedly the team is still on the upside against its losses but this is because of the talent of our players. Now is the payoff time and coaches has already studied Ramils weakness and unless he still that stubborn and insist on his usual rotation of seven players having 90% of the games playing time, the lady spikers might be dislodge in the semi finals.

    • pedrongbata

      good analysis my friend. Furthermore, I think the de la salle players lack the knock out punch when it needed the most.