UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: UP Maroons to rely on solid core under new coach

first_imgThat is how new head coach Godfrey Okumu is treating the competition this season in his first year at helm.“All the teams have the same aim,” said Okumu, who replaced former mentor Jerry Yee. “Everybody wants to win, so I cannot say this team is strong or this team is weak. We are after the same thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut he can say for sure that UP is not to be messed with.“We are also a team that should be reckoned with just like any other team,” he said. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harden has first 60-point triple-double in NBA history FILE – UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHead coach: Godfrey OkumuLast season: 7-7Key holdovers: Ayel Estrañero, Isa Molde, Diana Carlos, Justine DorogKey losses: Nicole Tiamzon, Pia Gaiser, Kathy BersolaUniversity of the Philippines is heading into UAAP Season 80 bearing in mind that all teams are on equal footing.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons are hoping to return to the Final Four this year, after a failed bid in Season 79 where they enjoyed a blistering  4-0 start before dropping four straight games then settling for a 7-7 record.Okumu will rely on the team’s core that has been together for three years with the likes of Ayel Estrañero, Diana Carlos, Isa Molde, and Justine Dorog leading the Lady Fighting Maroons.One of the things that Okumu brings to the table, meanwhile, is his mastery of quick adjustments.“I don’t want to plan too much, and when the day comes, the opponents could change the way they play,” said Okumu. “So more often than not, I play it like a chess game. You make your move then I make my move.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increaseslast_img read more