Raring to bounce back big

WITH its ego battered after being swept by University of the Philippines in their elimination round head-to-head, La Salle tries to immediately get back on the winning track against dangerous National University today in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Maroons capitalized on the Lady Spikers’ 37 errors in last Sunday’s 25-16, 26-24, 25-19 win, sending the defending champions crashing to their third loss in eight games.

Now locked in a in a four-way tie with UP, University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University at 5-3, La Salle needs to address its problems right away in the 4 p.m. match.

For Lady Spikers mentor Ramil de Jesus, it now boils down to mental toughness, especially in the service area.

“Well yun nga eh, sabi ko naman sa kanila, ‘Hindi kalaban ninyo ang magpapanalo sa inyo, kayo ang magpapanalo sa sarili niyo’,” said De Jesus.

“Unang-una siyempre, yung serve. Kung mawawalan ka ng tiwala sa serve, eh ano pa yung kaya mong gawin? Dahil sarili mo na iyan eh. Ikaw na iyan wala ka namang kalaban sa service line,” he added.

“So malaking factor yun para sa team na ganoon ang naging performance, lalo na sa service namin.”

The Taft-based squad is expected to be tested anew by the Lady Bulldogs, who despite toiling at the lower half of the standings at 2-6 have shown a lot of promise with their youth movement.

NU gave La Salle fits in a 10-25, 25-20, 25-27, 22-25 first round loss, as De Jesus expects his troops to work hard and show true character in this bounce back game.

The Tigresses are also seeking to rediscover their winning ways against last-place Adamson in the 2 p.m. curtain raiser.