By: Trisha Joi Quijano
After going undefeated in the first three games, the School of Accountancy and Business Management Men’s Volleyball Team (SABM MVT) dropped the ball, 2-1, with the School of Teacher Education and Liberal Arts safeguarding the final set, 25-18, October 21 at the Prince Bernhard Gym.
STELA got off to a good start by earning the first set, 31-29. SABM managed to stay alive with a breathtaking second set, taking it 29-27.
Just after the second set, SABM libero Daniel Mallare went down on a knee injury but his tenacity powered him to push through the final set. “With the trust of my coaches and teammates, I need to do my job and responsibility inside and outside the court. My mindset was to finish the game and not think of my mild knee injury.” he said. Mallare’s STELA counterpart John Derick Roxas, on the other hand, endured a minor head injury after accidentally bumping his head on the floor right after the second set, but managed to play the final set as well.
Gaspar Lloyd Gabat Jr, SABM MVT’s Team Captain, humbly admitted what happened during the game. “Alam namin sa sarili namin na ang dami naming errors, daming pagkukulang, so sa susunod bawi,” he said.
After the game, Coach Eliazar Ecle pointed out problems that the team had encountered during the game. “Communication and receive lang naman ‘yung nawala,” he said. When asked about the next game plan to execute in the succeeding games, “Training lang, ayos ng service tapos communication tapos itatry din namin tignan pa ‘yung mga kailangan naming gawin kasi hanggang ngayon nangangapa parin kami,” he added.
Despite the game result, Gabat left a message for the SABM crowd. “Salamat din sa pag support sa amin kahit natalo, at least binigay namin ‘yung best namin at sa mga susunod pa namin dapat support pa,” he said.
SABM is set to clash against the School of Computing and Information Sciences on October 23 as its next scuffle for supremacy.