“Maging positive pa rin tayo,” reminded coach Onyok as his team tasted defeat yet again to close the first round of Season 81.
The Lady Falcons came out of the gate running, pummeling UP in the first set to draw first blood in the match.
All was going well in the first set as a combination of Eli Soyud and Joy Dacoron’s intense blocking coupled with Thang Ponce’s stellar floor defense opened up scoring opportunities for their spikers Chiara Permentilla and Krich Macaslang. The constant barrage had their opponents on their heels, allowing Mary Jane Igao to take set point with a crafty tip in to an open spot near the net.
But their oldest foe reared its head again as error after error piled up for the Lady Falcons, resulting in yet another four-set loss.
Despite coach Onyok’s reminders to his players to calm down in the middle of the game, the Lady Falcons were still too eager to try to win the game, causing them to rush on attacks, unable to show their full potential while surrendering points in the process.
There were a few silver linings in the match like Joy Dacoron who tried to will her team back into the game with her signature running attacks.
“Alam ko naman sa sarili ko na mas komportable ako kapag running, so yung pinagawang adjustments ni coach, inadjust-an ko na agad,” Joy remarked when asked about how she keeps her attacks so effective, “nakita ko yung effectiveness ng pinagawa ni coach, so nasa isip ko na lang ngayon ay, always trust the coach kasi sila ang nakakakita.”
With a 1-6 record heading into the second round, coach Onyok is focusing on building experience for his young wards and letting them learn his championship volleyball ways.
“Sabi ko nga sa mga bata, unti-unti, pero dapat mapapansin mo ang mga pagbabago.”