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Ateneo's Morado stays positive after loss to La Salle

The Lady Eagles look to regroup after their first loss of the season. Photo by Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo de Manila University setter Jia Morado pointed to “small details” that can be fixed in training as the primary reasons for their loss to De La Salle Saturday last Saturday.

She also remained positive that the Lady Eagles can bounce back.

The Lady Eagles saw their 24-match winning streak come to an end, when the Lady Spikers made quick work of them 25-22, 25-14, 25-18, in a match-up that was far less competitive than many projected.

Both Morado and team captain Alyssa Valdez acknowledged that nerves played a role in their sputtering performance, with several key members of the team – including both liberos Jaime Lavitoria and Gizelle Tan – playing in such a massive game for the first time in their UAAP careers.

(FULL STORY: Lack of confidence hounded Ateneo in loss to La Salle)

Yet Morado, who registered only 10 excellent sets as Ateneo found itself struggling to receive all throughout the game, refused to dwell on the end of their winning streak or on the three-set defeat.

“First round pa lang naman,” she said. “Maaga pa naman po. So lahat kami, positive ang pag-tingin namin sa talong ito.”

Of Ateneo’s errors in reception and floor defense, Morado said: “Well, unforced errors, those things can be fixed in training.”

“And it’s really early in the season,” she stressed. “So may mga bagay – small details lang sabi ni Coach Tai (Bundit) – small details na pwede naming ayusin sa training.”

“‘Yun lang naman ang nagpatalo sa amin, mga unforced errors. Consistency lang talaga sa amin ang kulang.”

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Morado also said La Salle did not do anything that they were not prepared for.

“Matagal na rin kaming nanonood ng La Salle,” she said. “Hindi lang namin na-translate masyado ‘yung training namin sa game.”

After experiencing a loss in the UAAP for the first time in almost two years, Morado believes the Lady Eagles are more than capable of bouncing back.

“Of course, makakabawi din kami,” she said. “We’ll try our best to play harder, play better next time. That’s what we do naman in training – we try to improve. Kahit panalo, meron kaming bagong ma-improve for the next game.”

“So we want to gain more experience through training and through the other games, para hopefully next round, we play better.”

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