Lady Eagles’ coach rues meltdown in game one finals


Photo by August Dela Cruz

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo head coach Roger Gorayeb’s adjustments on Saturday night all worked out for the Lady Eagles – until the third set came.

Ateneo saw its two-set lead go up in flames as La Salle nailed a 20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-6 comeback win in game one of the UAAP season 75 women’s volleyball finals.

“Di ko masabi kung ano pumasok sa isip nila [at hinayaan nila mangyari yun]. This is the second time we won the first two sets against La Salle tapos tatlo sunod sunod talo,” said Gorayeb. “Sana hindi na mangyari ulit.”

It was a dejavu of their first meeting in the eliminations, except Fille Cainglet fought until the fifth set this time around – but it still wasn’t enough to tide Ateneo over.

“Pinaka-nakita ko, di na nakakareceive eh. Lamang kami nung third set pero [nawala] kaka-error at misreceive,” Gorayeb said.

The Lady Eagles took a 13-8 lead, needing just a solid finishing kick to wrap the game up, which ultimately didn’t come. But it wasn’t for the lack of adjustment.

In fact, Gorayeb’s plan to put Alyssa Valdez in the middle threw the Lady Archers off their game at first.

“Siguro yung nakita naming bago yung nag-quicker si Valdez ngayon, kasi she was opener before, so nahirapan kami mag-adjust,” said Michelle Gumabao, who led La Salle.

“Matagal ko ng plano yun, I’m just waiting for the finals. Pumasok naman adjustment namin, said Gorayeb of the change.

“We just have to accept what happened and learn from that mistake. La Salle played a good game,” Gorayeb added.

Seeing what La Salle did to comeback, even despite 48 errors, Ateneo knows there’s no point of giving up just yet.

“It’s not over. It’s a tall order, since now La Salle has a psychological advantage but we will have to do our best. Another adjustment nanaman,” Gorayeb finished.

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  • PorLaTele

    I thought Ateneo would win. All veteran players were there from set 1-5–that’s too exhausting. The team doesn’t have that deep bench as compared to La Salle. Anyway, Congratulations DLSU Lady Spikers! I saw how Maraño really wanted to win game 1. And they did!

  • Edwingonda

    Unsolicited advise to coach roger gorayeb. I hope somebody close to him can have him read this. I want ateneo to win because I believe in the team.
    1. Ateneo needs a strong leader inside the court. La Salle captain Marano was a very great leader inside. She was giving everybody a motivating hug when they were down and losing. She was the heart you were referring la salle had in yesterday’s game. In any championship game, a leader has to step up and be the wind beneath the wings of the players. That was Michael Jordan for the bulls. Gervacio has to put making aces aside and be the leader the team badly needs inside the court. If she cannot or does not want to be the leader, I suggest Fille to assume the leadership role. She has the heart and determination. Fille is a warrior inside.
    2. You only use 6 players under your sleeves. After the first 2 sets, mental, emotional, physical fatigue starts to be a factor. They simply run out of energy from the 3rd set onwards. Unlike la Salle, their coach even substituted his key players when they were losing. I did not also understand why, but he knew it was going to be a long fight and his key players need to have some breaks to recover their composure. You must think strategic rather than tactical. Remember that this is not an elimination round. This is the championship game. You must prepare a game plan for 5 sets.
    3. You always appear upset and blaming the players during time out. Sorry. Although I can’t hear you because I only see you from the upper box, I am a firm believer that blaming is never a right way to correct mistakes.
    4. Ferrer needs to improve her toss ups. After the 2nd set, her toss ups were either short or too far forcing the spiders to over reach and loss the power and accuracy of the smash. She needs to work on it this week.
    5.Fille is an intelligent spiker. She knows when to drop shots and when to go for it. But you have to accept the fact that she is not a powerful and physically built like gervacio. Her spikes lost power in the 3rd set onwards and became very predictable and block able. Her drop shots were also well read by la sale and didn’t work anymore in the last 3 sets. You must have another strategy for Fille. She is effective in receiving but lost her offensive prowess in the last 3 sets. Maybe, you have to give her some rest periods too. dont work her out to death. she needs sometime to rest too and gain her composure back. Maybe you can set up gervacio more for the kill rather than Fille. Besides, gervacio is really a powerful smasher like Valdez. Ateneo was simply out smashed by Reyes, galang, gumabao, demecillio and the others yesterday. Valdez can’t do the killing by herself. Somebody else has to step up on the killing job. Fille style was already thoroughly studied by la Salle.
    6. You must have a game plan for substitutions. Your game plan yesterday was not strategic. It was kill la Salle with 6 players. How can you beat la Salle with six players? On the other hand, la Salle killed ateneo with 12 players.
    Coach roger, please don’t get me wrong. We have the same desire and intention to make ateneo win. Sometimes, some inputs or suggestions can help us challenge our own styles that we have become complacent of and had become less effective along the way. If you think my suggestions are worthless, at least, I beg you for the last time… Put a strong leader inside the court.

  • Edwingonda

    Unsolicited advise to coach roger gorayeb. Sana consider Nya Ito Booz II want ateneo to win.
    My analysis:
    1. The leadership exhibited by Marano of DLSU was strong. She gave everybody motivating hug when they were down. She was the heart that you referred when you said La Salle had the bigger heart in yesterday’s game. Sana someone in ateneo could also be a strong leader inside the court. Gervacio has to concentrate more on her leadership inside the court than just scoring points. Valdez, ho, cainglet , de jesus and nacachi can fill the scoring. Gervacio was concentrating on making aces rather than providing the fire and energy when the going got tougher. When the going gets tough its the will power that will carry you through. Gervacio should step up as a leader rather than as a ace maker. You need a leader in a championship game.
    2. You only use 6 players. When the games reached the 3rd set, mental, emotional and physical fatigue will now be a factor. Unlike la Salle, the coach gambled to use the reserves even when they were losing because he knows when playing for 3 sets, these factors will start to come in. La salles coach thinking was very strategic. The substitutions, which i thought was not correct at first, simply paid off for bringing back the fire and heart la salle needed to win. yours was tactical. Ateneo simply run out of energy starting the 3rd set. No fire, no drive and no leadership inside the court.
    3. Ferrer toss ups where not accurate. Spikers like cainglet, Valdez, ho were struggling to smash them causing them to be weak and block able. Nawala yung galing in ferrer. Work on her tossing para maging exacto for a powerful and accurate smash. Parang maraming lampas at sob rang layo kaya hinahabol nila ang pag smash.
    4. Ateneo was out smashed by Reyes, galang, gumabao, Marano, demecillio. Ang lalakas ng smash nila. Only Valdez was powerful. Cainglet is an intelligent smasher but she is very block able kc kulang ang power ng Hataw Niya. Gervacio is more powerful. Sana more set up Kay gervacio than fille. Tinatawanan Lang ng la Salle and palo in fille. Basang Basa na nila ang drop shots in fille. mag change plan ka. Wala kang secret weapon to surprise the enemy. Please do some adjustments and risk taking. You were playing safe. You don’t win championships by playing safe. You must have a killer instinct. Go go go ateneo. I know you can win. I hope coach roger listens to my unsolicited advise.

  • Beng Atibo

    Volleyball captured the audience, as these two teams played their very best to make the game exciting. You”never know what will happen in game 2. It would be worthwhile to watch!!!

  • pakita_ko_sayo

    One heck of a game. I think it all boils down sa stamina. La Salle players has more stamina and mental toughness than Ateneo ladies. 

  • Juan Tamadachij

    That was one heck of an exciting game. I look forward to game 2

  • toti

    Coach Banderang kapos ka. Bakit dimo ginamit mga fresh and tall players mo like Nacachi who played very well against ADU.Tsaka pagod na starting players mo e dimo pinapalitan unlike sa ginagawa ng DLSU.

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