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Oliver Almadro does not want Lady Eagles to dwell on ‘uncharacteristic’ loss

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For the last 10 games in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles looked impenetrable.

Well, until the De La Salle University Lady Spikers gave them a dose of Kryptonite.

La Salle snapped Ateneo’s 10-game winning streak and sent a statement. They limited the Lady Eagles’ league-best blocking to zero block kills, among other glaring skill advantages.

First-year Lady Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro chalked the loss up to another bad day, which they were bound to have after a long win streak.

“Well, hindi kami nagulat pero talagang… It’s one of those days na, we really accept na we’re off and hindi nakakilos. So, darating talaga ‘yun. It’s the Law of Averages. Sakto, La Salle (kalaban namin),” said the fiery mentor.

“Pero what’s important is we’re looking to the last game of the season, sana umabot kami doon. ‘Yun ang pinaka-importante, and we just have to go back to work more for our true character.

Almadro specifically wants his team to learn to quickly recover from slow starts. At this point – with the Lady Eagles still at the top of the standings and needing just one win to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage – Almadro wants his team to stay calm.

Tiebreaker Times Oliver Almadro does not want Lady Eagles to dwell on 'uncharacteristic' loss ADMU News UAAP Volleyball  UAAP Season 81 Women's Volleyball UAAP Season 81 Oliver Almadro Ateneo Women's Volleyball

“Hindi kami pressured going to this game, but we started slow… Now, dahil nauna na yung kalaban, pressured ka nang humabol kasi ayaw mo na magkamali. Kung baga, everything kailangan perfect na so may tendency, lumiliit, nagiging slim ‘yung chance mo to move freely,” he explained.

“Ang concern lang is most likely we… medyo may tendency mag-overthink, medyo may tendency to start slow. Eh ‘yung kalaban medyo hyped up right away and then you want to cope up, medyo too late. Yun lang naman, we really have to practice starting it strong right away.”

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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