Jerry Yee believes semis-bound UP far from finished product yet

The lack of the usual post-game huddle after his team’s ‘stressful’ loss to NU was nothing more than giving himself and his wards a much-needed space, clarifies UP head coach Jerry Yee.

On a regular day—win or lose—the Lady Maroons, just like any other team, would talk things over at the dugout to sort the things that worked from what didn’t.

Last Monday, however, Yee exited the PhilSports Arena right after the team prayer without a single word said to his girls.

“Talo kami in a stressful game. Kailangan pa bang dagdagan? Ano pa bang drama ang kailangan pag-usapan?” the mentor told FOX Sports.

Clarifying that he did not walk out, Yee adds: “Me not talking to them doesn’t mean anything. It’s just giving space. Everybody needs that.”

The space seems to have done wonders for the Diliman crew as it crushed San Sebastian Wednesday at the same venue to secure a semis slot, a first for UP in the V-League Collegiate Conference.

Despite feeling feverish, Nicole Tiamzon uncorked 13 points to be UP’s second-best scorer behind skipper Kathy Bersola’s 20 markers.

Talking about the Lady Maroons retaliating with a 25-5 win in the third frame after dropping the second set, Yee shares: “Baka sila ‘yun. Baka sila ‘yung walang gana. I don’t see na dominating ang performance namin or what. Wala naman kaming ginawang extra.”

Aside from having 4 spikers finish in double digits, another welcome development in UP’s latest outing is the steady performance of back-up setter Rem Cailing.

With starter Mae Basarte having a bad day, the incoming sophomore stepped up big time, showing progress with 31 excellent sets.

“I’m happy ngayon dahil ngayon pa na crucial so dagdag ‘yung pressure sa kanila. Kita na may mga errors tayo na halatang pressured pero nanalo naman eh. I’m very happy na ‘yun ang nangyari,” said Yee, applauding the effort of his reserve.

On pushing Cailing to be a reliable player off the bench, he adds: “Madali lang naman ‘yan gawin basta tututukan mo, tama ‘yung practice, may facility at may oras. Kailangan din willing ang bata which she is.”

Now through to the next round, UP is back on its way to creating a dynasty after momentarily losing steam during the Open Conference.

UP’s fast ascent to becoming a powerhouse in the women’s division, however, hasn’t satisfied the thirst of the celebrated Hope Christian HS coach just yet.

“Ang daming inconsistencies eh. Malayo pa. Practice pa,” he closed. — By Mac Dionisio