‘Believe in yourself’ – Interim UE Coach Roque

UE interim head coach Rodrigo Roque told the UE Lady Warriors to believe in their skills and everything else will follow.

This remark did not fall on deaf ears as the Lady Warriors scored an upset against Adamson University in a five-set thriller, 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13, at the San Juan Arena.

For Coach Roque, individual UE players have the skills. The only thing lacking from them is the needed push to play as one unit.

“Andoon na ‘yung skill nila eh, nandoon na ‘yung talent nila. Itatap na lang talaga. Ang tingin ko noon napigil ‘yung talent nila, hindi lumabas nang husto ‘yung galing nila,” said Roque, who took over the coaching stint after Francis Vicente resigned as head coach.

The school’s athletic director said he did not change or add anything on the Warrior’s system. He instead imbibed in them that they have the sills and all they need to do is to translate these skills into wins.

“Sinabi ko lang sa kanila believe in yourself kasi may skill na kayo eh. Parepareho kayo ng skill, sa lakas ng palo, sa ganda ng receive, sa bilis ng galaw, nandoon na. All you have to do patunayan ‘yun. Ginagawa naman nila,” Roque said.

Another aspect that Roque incorporated in the UE’s system is for the girls to follow instructions.

“Kasi nga sinabi ko kanina noong una pagtake over ko, ‘pag nagbigay ako ng instruction susundin nila, isang beses lang. Eh nagbalik naman sa dati. Pero nitong late practice namin at nitong game na ‘to nakinig sila sa instruction namin kaya natutuwa ako,” Roque said.

“Natutuwa ako sumunod sila. Sabi ko nga sa kanila trust us kasi we know better than you kasi kami ang nakikita ng game,” he added.

The Lady Warriors is set to face the Tigresses first in the second round.

In the second round, the Lady Warriors are set to face the Tigresses, who came from consecutive losses, first.

To this, Roque said, his team will take advantage of.

“Well psychologically ganoon ano kasi ‘pag nanalo ka naboboost ‘yung morale mo, ‘pag natatalo ka nadodown ka naman. Maybe, we’ll take advantage of that,” Roque said.