UAAP: Trisha Tubu vows to bounce back from lack of aggression in loss to NU

Adamson Lady Falcons star rookie Trisha Tubu.  –PHOTO UAAP

Adamson Lady Falcons star rookie Trisha Tubu. –PHOTO UAAP

MANILA, Philippines — Trisha Tubu admitted she lacked aggression after being limited to nine points in Adamson’s 24-26, 16-25, 22-25 loss to defending champion National University at the tournament. UAAP Season 85 Women’s Volleyball Championship Wednesday at the FilOil EcoOil Center.

In their first-round encounter, Tubu and the Lady Falcons pushed the Lady Bulldogs to their limits before coming up short in five sets. But in their Round 2 collision, Adamson failed to respond to a revitalized NU, led by Bella Belen’s 20-point game.

Tubu, who was the league’s top scorer with 134 points and sixth-best forward with an attack rate of 35.19% before the Holy Week break, was limited to just nine points, only managing only eight of his 30 attack attempts.

The super rookie took the blame for not playing aggressively but she vows to bounce back.

“I think I lost my aggression,” Tubu said in Filipino.

“But I’ll bounce back in our next game,” she added with a smile.

Trisha Tubu and the Adamson Lady Falcons.  –PHOTO UAAP

Trisha Tubu and the Adamson Lady Falcons. –PHOTO UAAP

Tubu believes they also lacked communication inside the pitch, which led to the end of their three-game winning streak in a three-way tie with NU and the inactive University of Santo Tomas at 7-3.

“We lacked communication and fun inside the court. That’s why, unfortunately, we lost,” she said. “The whole team also lacked aggressiveness in attack.”

Despite the tough loss, Tubu said the Lady Falcons remain optimistic about their ability to pull themselves together in their final four games of the playoff round.

“[The atmosphere at the dugout] was normal because our team is solid win or lose. We are always happy and loud because we know we will bounce back in our next games,” Tubu said. “The coach also told us it was okay because he thought we would make up for this loss in our next games.”

Adamson takes on winless Eastern University (0-10) on Saturday at Philsports Arena before taking on top seed La Salle on April 19.

“Our mindset is always to give the best of ourselves. Coach [Jerry Yee] also continues to remind us that as long as we can achieve victory, let’s seize the opportunity. We cannot be satisfied with our current ranking,” said Tubu.

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