University of Santo Tomas (UST) coach Kung Fu Reyes still wants to see more from the Golden Tigresses as the tough competition still awaits them and despite asserting their dominance over their familiar foe , the Dalta perpetual assistance system, in Shakey’s Super League (SSL) pre-season championship. .
“We still see something in our practices that they don’t do in the game, so that’s still what we want them to execute,” Reyes said in Filipino after the Golden Tigresses eliminated the Lady Altas, 25-12, 21-25, 25. -15, 25-21, at FilOil EcoOil Center in San Juan City.
The curtain raiser reaffirmed UST’s bronze medal triumph over Perpetual Help at the recently concluded SSL National Invitationals, where the Golden Tigresses also defeated the Lady Altas in four sets.
Welcoming a group of rookies this year, the Tigresses are trying to establish strong chemistry between their newcomers and their survivors, something Reyes wishes to see more of from his wards.
“We (build) familiarity along the way, every day so (hopefully) we can further maximize our strengths together. We (try) to execute what we do in practice, so (in this tournament) we have to manifest it more,” Reyes said.
But UST has always had its eyes on the bigger prize and refuses to be short-sighted when it comes to its goal, as its goal is to see the Golden Tigresses perform not only in the ongoing SSL, but more importantly in the UAAP .
“We have to go higher. We have to surpass everything we did last time, right from our training, we have to go way beyond that,” Reyes said. “Even though we won, it’s a good match, a victory is a victory.”
Reyes prepares for his next match on Monday where the Golden Tigresses will meet Letran as the longtime UST coach finds solutions to the weaknesses he sees in his wards.
UST started its opening match on a 10-1 run with setter Cassie Carballo finding the Tigresses hitters early in the first set and their floor defense fending off attempts by Lady Altas.
New Tigresses recruit Angeline Poyos, who won the Best Outside Hitter award at the National Invitationals, continued her excellent play by scoring 20 points on 16 kills.
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