MANILA, Philippines — Veteran coach Roger Gorayeb tendered his courtesy resignation after he failed to lead National University to the Final 4 of the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournament.
Gorayeb revealed the development to reporters following NU's shock 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 12-15 loss to University of Santo Tomas on Saturday wherein they squandered a two-set advantage.
"As a courtesy, I have to tender my resignation, kasi dalawang taon na 'yan," he said.
"Kung pababalikin ako, OK lang. Kung hindi naman, OK lang din kasi kailangan, they should have a free hand kasi two years na."
[As a courtesy, I have to tender my resignation. If they want me back, it's fine. If not, then it's OK because they should have a free hand.]
Gorayeb took over NU in January 2015, midway through Season 77. He led the Lady Bulldogs to the Final 4 as the third seed that year, and they pushed eventual finalist La Salle to a do-or-die match.
However, the Lady Bulldogs missed out on the playoffs in Seasons 78 and 79, despite having the league's tallest player in Jaja Santiago.
It is up to NU's management to accept his resignation or not, said Gorayeb.
"Courtesy resignation 'yan. Kung kukunin nila ako, s'yempre itutuloy ko, maganda naman. Kung gusto nila ako palitan, OK lang din naman," said the coach, who expressed his frustration at those who criticize his volleyball program.
[That's a courtesy resignation. If they want me back, then I'll continue what I started. If they want to replace me, then that's also okay.]
Gorayeb's stint in NU was marked by the inconsistency of his team. In both Seasons 78 and 79, the Lady Bulldogs peaked too early, and found themselves on the outside looking in the Final 4. This season, in particular, they managed to take a 7-4 record with three games to go, only to lose their last three matches and get eliminated.
The final straw was the five-set loss to UST, wherein they appeared to be cruising to a straight-sets win only to fall apart.
"Wala eh. Nagkulang eh. Kinapos," said Gorayeb. "Andoon naman 'yung effort ng mga bata. Ganoon talaga, hindi natuloy. Kahit gaano ka-painful sa amin 'yun, we have to accept it."
[We fell short. Our effort was there, but we fell short. No matter how painful it is, we have to accept it.]
NU finished Season 79 with a 7-7 win-loss record, for sixth place in the league standings.
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