MANILA, Philippines – Adamson University head coach Onyok Getigan did not hide his disappointment after the Lady Falcons suffered their fifth loss of the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament on Wednesday.
The Lady Falcons bowed to the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles, 8-25, 25-22, 16-25, 10-25, to drop to 1-5 in the season. They failed to build on a promising effort in the second set, and instead played meekly and shot themselves in the foot with several unforced errors.
"Inconsistent pa," said Getigan, after his team gave up 35 free points to the Lady Eagles. "'Yung ibang player parang naglalaro lang, balewala mag-error, libero mag-error."
"'Yun ang gusto natin alisin sa kanila. Mahirap kasi parang may nakatatak sa kanilang ganoon. Every game, laging may error, sobra, dami," he added.
The Lady Falcons were on point in the second frame, with skipper Eli Soyud in particular coming up big both on offense and defense to lead her team to a much-needed victory. But once the third set rolled around, it seemed as though Adamson's energy dropped.
Getigan saw it as a lack of discipline and motivation on the part of his players.
"Sinabi ko nga sa kanila na dapat malalim ang disiplina, hindi mababaw. Malalim ang pagsunod dapat. Kapag sinabi ni coach na ganito, gawin natin. Hindi 'yung gagawin tapos mamaya-maya, hindi," he said.
"Iba talaga, iba 'yung motivation nila. Kulang sa motivation and goal sa sarili nila," he also noted.
This was only Getigan's third game in charge of the Lady Falcons, having taken over from Airess Padda following the team's 0-3 start to the season. Thus, as disappointed as he is, he also acknowledged that these losses are part of the process for Adamson.
The coach, who repeatedly shuffled players throughout the four-match affair, is hoping to hasten up their development, however.
"Sinusubukan natin na solusyonan agad kasi 'yun naman ang trabaho natin. Minsan, pumapasok din sa isip ko na proseso talaga," he said.
"Katulad noong dalawang setter, minsan 'yung isa may game, 'yung isa wala. Minsan naman, parehas wala. Minsan kinakapa ko kung sino ipapasok ko. Mapapansin niyo talaga sa game namin na nagsha-shuffle ako. Nangangapa tayo," he admitted.
At the end of the day, Getigan simply wants to see consistent effort and fighting spirit from his players, and he believes that they are not out of the running just yet even though they are tied for seventh place in the league standings.
"Ang sa akin naman kasi, sinasabi ko sa mga bata na hangga't kaya naman natin, sige lang. Ang importante, gumagawa ng paraan and nagsisipag 'yung mga bata," he said.
"Tulad niyan, lahat naman may talo. Wala namang walang talo so ibig sabihin may chance," he added.
Adamson ends its first round schedule on Sunday, against a skidding University of the Philippines team.
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