MANILA, Philippines – University of the East coach Jumbo Dimakulangan wants to build a better version of Lady Red Warriors next year from their only win in the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
UE finished the 17-game skid in season 81 and lost to Far Eastern University for the first time in 12 years, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, to the Asia Arena for stealing seventh place at the Mall on Thursday.
“I told them: ‘Let’s win this so we can nurture and build before we rest,'” said Dimakulangan in the Filipino. “At least we’ve seen that we’re able to win.”
“I am happy with this win, but I regret some things because it may be too late for them to realize that they can adapt to another team despite their young age,” he added.
After his first win as UAAP head coach, Dimakulangan is hoping to find the missing parts in his squad so they can cut the tag as a pushover.
“Most likely, we will have the same set of players because UE is a young team. Hopefully, we’ll be able to recruit incoming first year players, because that’s where you start. Find the right materials and then you train, then develop coordination and teamwork, ”he said.
Ja Lana and Dara Niva, who scored 21 points to save the best in the last match of the UE, are happy to prove that their team belongs to the league.
“We could have done better in our previous match. But we’re really happy to have a win at home, “said Lana, the league’s No. 9 scorer, with a total of 170 points in the elimination.
“We can win games and match other teams. We just have to be more discriminating with the help we render toward other people. “
Niva, who went ahead in the absence of her injured Apple Ling, agrees with Lana.
“It simply came to our notice then. We just have to trust ourselves. Never doubt, “he said in Filipino.
This is UE’s only win in season 84 after a winless campaign in men’s basketball. The school also did not participate in pums, chess, men’s beach volleyball and 3 × 3 basketball.
For Dimaculangan, their only win in 14 games has somehow boosted the confidence of the Lady Red Warriors and really proved that they belong to UAAP.
“At the very least, we have earned the respect of other schools. Even though we are left out and we are at the bottom when we play with other teams and schools, they always keep their top six or top seven players, ”he said.
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