Published on April 7th, 2016 | by Khyte Mendoza0
La Salle turns sight on Final Four, but wants to maintain fire against Ateneo
The De La Salle University Lady Spikers already secured a twice-to-beat advantage heading into the final four. However, the team does not plan to take their foot off the gas pedal as they are going to face a very familiar foe in bitter rival Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles for the second time at the Mall of Asia Arena this coming Sunday.
The last two matches, Ateneo and National University respectively, for DLSU have no bearing as they are assured of at least the second spot after the elimination round.
But for Coach Ramil de Jesus, the Taft-based squad does not think of slowing down knowing that they should continue building up their confidence to prepare them ahead of the most anticipated second round match-up. The soft-spoken mentor also noted that his crew is setting sights for improvement for them to be ready once the playoff matches begin.
“Actually nag ano lang naman kami, prepare din para dun sa confidence, ma-build yung confidence kung ano man yung darating na game sa Sunday”, Coach de Jesus said, “Kailangan din namin ng target kung ano yung magiging outcome ng game para pagdating ng semis ready na rin yung team”, he added.
The many-time champion coach though, makes sure that his players keep themselves healthy to avoid injuries as the final four comes to near, “Every nagkakaroon ng break nagkakaroon kami ng maintenance para doon sa mga conditioning and ayun strengthening’, he replied.
La Salle can breathe easily heading into the deeper phase of the tournament; and according to Coach de Jesus, they are not pressured due to the twice-to-beat edge they will carry into the final four.
“Siyempre nandoon yung advantage ng twice-to-beat kase medyo settled na kami sa second place or one or two so hinahantay pa namin kung sino yung magiging ka-crossover namin siguro”, he marveled.
He also said that Cyd Demecillo might be returning to her natural position after suiting up as a libero in their two previous games, “Actually temporary, baka this Sunday makalaro na yun as a spiker”.
The Lady Spikers shocked the Lady Eagles in straight sets in their first round collision, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last February 27. DLSU outscored ADMU on attacks and service aces. 33-29 and 13-6 respectively. The Green and White edged the Katipunan spikers defensively as well with seven blocks off Ateneo’s two.