Dzi Gervacio is still feeling her way into Tai Bundit’s system as they head on to the semifinals of the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference.
The former Lady Eagle has never experienced Bundit’s way of coaching up until now that BaliPure was able to add him to their coaching staff.
In their recent victory against the Philippine Coast Guard, Bundit was seen having a one-on-one talk with Gervacio during timeouts. This, Gervacio admitted, was because of her spiking approach.
“Sinasabi niya sa akin na always do 100 percent jump. He noticed if the set’s off, what I do is I walk lang then jump,” she shared. “I don’t jump a hundred percent. Parang sabi niya na, no matter how the set is, do one hundred percent.”
BaliPure has been adjusting to their new setter, Kaylee Manns, who is also one of their guest players this Conference.
Gervacio noted that adjusting with Manns will be one of the keys for them to play well.
“It’s just a matter of jelling especially with the setter. Kasi first few games I really connected with her tapos after nun, I don’t know. Probably it’s my confidence din, my communication with the setter,” she said.
“But yun nga, in general, it’s just a matter of jelling with them kasi key player ang setter e. Siya yung nagdi-dictate nung plays. Just a good communication will do. So far, so good.”
Heading into the real battle against BOC in their semifinals match, Gervacio admitted that Bundit’s talks with her isn’t a problem at all. In fact, she welcomed it to learn something new that will serve them in good stead in the long run.
“Okay naman. You get good insights, new things that you learn parang the way you hit the ball. He makes sure that I do it consciously na I do variations for my hits,” she said.
“I think it’s good. It’s better na kausapin ka niya kesa deadmahin ka niya di ba? I think that’s good for me. It’s just a matter of learning from him din,” she added.
Bundit has been weaving his magic for the Ateneo Lady Eagles for three years now and was able to help them win two UAAP titles and a runner-up finish last year. BaliPure hopes Bundit can do the same with Gervacio and company. – By Joyce Palad