He really gave a lot for the school — Morado on Bundit


Syempre malungkot (ako) kasi he really gave a lot for the school talaga. Ako, I wouldn’t be where I am today kung hindi niya rin ako tinuruan — former Ateneo de Manila University setter Jia Morado

Former Ateneo de Manila University ace setter Jia Morado couldn’t help but feel sorry and saddened with the issues surrounding the Lady Eagles especially with the news of head coach Tai Bundit parting ways with the squad.

Team manager Tony Boy Liao on Sunday confirmed that Bundit, who handled for the Lady Eagles for four seasons and steered the Katipunan-based squad to four straight championship appearances including back-to-back titles in Season 76 and 77, was asked by the school’s athletics department to not report anymore as head coach of the team.

It turned out that the squad has been dealing with internal problems for quite some time with some players complaining about Bundit’s ‘difficult’ training program and limited playing time. 

Bundit could be heading out of the squad just less than four months before the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament opens, pending the result of the meeting between the coaching staff, Liao and the school’s athletics office as of posting time.   

“Syempre malungkot (ako) kasi he really gave a lot for the school talaga. Ako, I wouldn’t be where I am today kung hindi niya rin ako tinuruan,” said Morado, who was molded by Bundit into one of the country’s finest setters.

Morado after Ateneo’s Season 79 Finals series loss to arch nemesis De La Salle University decided to forego her last eligibility year. 

The UAAP Season 77 Best Setter winner left a depleted team, which also lost Michelle Morente, who decided to transfer to DLSU, and veteran Kim Gequillana due to an ACL injury and could probably part ways with the mentor that brought the Lady Eagles into glory, popularity and to its status as a perennial title contender.    

All that Morado could hope for now is for the team to still be competitive heading into the UAAP season and for Bundit, if ever Ateneo’s doors closes on him, to be successful in his future endeavors.

“So I’m sure naman may plano talaga si God sa kung anong mangyayari for the team and for Coach Tai. So, (I’m) just hoping na kung saan siya dalhin, he’ll do well,” said Morado.




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