The Lady Falcons lost yet again to UE, a matchup they had expected to be competitive against. Frustration overcame the Lady Falcons as they marched their way into the locker room following a 3-set sweep, one which saw them drop the first set 12-25.
“Kulang talaga sa opensa eh,” coach Onyok began breaking down the game in the locker room. “Kung nasaan yung blocker doon natin tinatapon ang bola, basang basa na tayo.”
Coach Onyok lamented the lack of offensive variety against the resilient blockers of UE. While the Lady Falcons were able to cut down their unforced errors, they instead leaned too heavily on predictable offensive sets which allowed UE’s blockers to be ready for them at the net.
In the third set, the Lady Falcons were able to get the score close, each one showing a desire to keep the ball alive. Through long rallies that included dive saves from the girls in blue, they still could not score despite Bern Flora and Chiara Permentilla repeatedly going up for the attack.
The coaches had to remind them that attacking is not always about power as their spike attempts continued to bounce back at them off UE’s blocks.
Thang Ponce who has anchored the Lady Falcons on floor defense for the most part of the season expressed her desire to win and hopes that by holding her teammates accountable on the court, they can continue to improve their quality of play.
Trisha Genesis and Chen Ave were again given more playing time as coach Onyok was pleased with how they responded to game pressure despite being relatively young in the league.
“Ngayon sinisimulan natin na kahit second stringer ka, handa ka pa rin maglaro.”
Coach Onyok realizes that Season 81 is quickly coming to a close. The team’s goal for the last two games has not changed, they still want to get another win. But to do that against the top seeded team and one playing for their Final Four lives will be a tall order.