MANILA, Philippines — Faith Nisperos was emotional when the defending champion Ateneo fell to a 0-3 file by the hands of Adamson final Tuesday within the UAAP Season 84 ladies’s volleyball match.
Two days after, Nisperos and the Blue Eagles lastly confirmed what they’re able to as they dominated Far Eastern University, 25-16, 25-14, 25-14 victory, to barge into the win column and finish a three-game skid at Mall of Asia Arena.
“After that Adamson game, I had a bad game. Of course, I thought of my teammates. I felt I let them down and I used that loss as a motivation,” mentioned Nisperos after main Ateneo’s balanced assault with 14 factors off 11 spikes, two aces and a block
“I wanted to step up, I wanted to contribute to the team. I focused on my role today. And doing that, we won by collective effort,” she added.
The sophomore spiker admitted that the Blue Eagles had a heart-to-heart speak after Adamson ended Ateneo’s 14-game successful streak of their head-to-head.
“Going into the game, we talked to each other and instilled a mindset of not to focus on winning, but to do good first and do our roles,” she shared. “And it actually confirmed right this moment in our recreation to lastly get the win.
Although Ateneo lastly ended its stoop, its 1-3 file was the group’s worst begin since Season 73 in 2011. But the Katipunan-based spikers, who have been then led by Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio, A Nacachi, Jem Ferrer and Gretchen Ho, nonetheless reached the Final Four.
Coach Oliver Almadro stays affected person with the younger Blue Eagles’ progress with solely 4 gamers left from their Season 81 championship particularly Dani Ravena, Vanie Gandler, Jaja Maraguinot and substitute Erika Raagas
“Majority of them haven’t played in the UAAP. So I challenged Vannie, Faith, and Jaja na to step up. This is the first time for Vanie and Jaja to start. This is Faith’s first full season,” mentioned Almadro. “We will take it one game at a time and keep on improving every day. Slowly we will get it. They responded right away. You can’t pressure them into winning right away because we only had a short preparation.”
Almadro hopes to make use of their first win as a springboard of their final three video games within the first spherical beginning on Saturday in opposition to University of the Philippines.
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