“Sayang, pero okay lang ‘yun. Marami pa tayong aayusin.”
Coach Onyok Getigan couldn’t help but lament the missed opportunity for the Lady Falcons to pick up a win after a heated 5-setter against the FEU Lady Tamaraws.
After commending his players for their resilience in keeping pace with the heavily favored FEU, coach Onyok immediately went down to business and pointed to the team’s inconsistency for the 5th set collapse.
“Masaya naman tayo na umabot tayo sa fifth set kaso, kulang pa sa experience eh.”
The Lady Falcons traded sets with FEU, dropping the first but rebounding in the second. The same happened in the third as FEU looked poised to close out the game, but team captain Ely Soyud and Chiara Permentilla came alive on offense to force a fifth and deciding set.
FEU took an early lead during the tie-breaker, entering the technical timeout with a 8-3 cushion. Veteran Mary Joy Dacoron helped keep the team in the game scoring 3 straight points off her signature running spikes. The Lady Falcons got the score as close as 9-7 but errors and miscommunication on ball receives paved the way for FEU to come out with the win.
The veterans taking over in the clutch did not come as a surprise to coach Onyok stating, “yung mga senior na, maasahan talaga. Yung unang makakaramdam dapat ng kaba ay yung mga nasa labas (ng court) kasi sila yung bago.”
The Lady Falcons showed a lot of fight and character this game which the coaching staff plans to build upon. While they prepare for their next game against Ateneo on Wednesday, consistency will be key as they continue on their journey.
With a reassuring nod, coach Onyok reminded his players to trust in the team, “chill lang, kita ko mga problema natin.”