The Lady Falcons were two points away from notching a big win over last year’s runner-up FEU, but the bounces simply did not go in their favor in the clutch.
Down 5-10 in the 5th set, the Lady Falcons called a timeout to stop the bleeding. Coach Onyok reminded them that this is no time to go gun shy. “One point at a time!” Became their battle cry coming out of the huddle.
Joy Dacoron, Lea-Ann Perez and Bernadette Flora pulled together and delivered for their team. One play at a time they chased down the lead, getting as close as 10-11 after Bern Flora converted off a saved play. Mary Jane Igao hit a crafty tip in to tie the set at 11. But a short FEU run meant Flora’s power spike to get Adamson to 13 points would be their last of the game.
From the get-go the game already had all the signs of an epic match. The opening set was tightly contested with neither team wanting to give an inch. FEU may have gotten to set point first but the Lady Falcons were not far behind, forcing a deuce and trading points. It took Chiara Permentilla’s block and a bad spike from Ebon to end the first set at a season high 32-30.
At this point the two teams continued trading sets but errors started to pose a problem for the Lady Falcons again.
“Huwag kayong magmadali, wala namang oras ‘yan,” coach Onyok would remind his setters during timeouts after noticing that the team was committing too many errors because of their over-aggressiveness.
In the end, errors spelled the difference for the Lady Falcons yet again but their new found zeal on the attack was a welcome development for coach Onyok. Instead of frustration, coach Onyok was full of encouragement and faith in his players, trusting their judgement in the late game, telling them, “Makadikit lang muna tayo, ha? Huwag lang natin palakihin yan.” They kept it close, but not close enough.