Nationwide College (NU) lastly laid declare to a title that had its title on all of it season—one that really eluded the Woman Bulldogs for the previous 65 years.
With a brilliant lineup borne out of its highschool program and a starvation that was unmatched, NU disregarded La Salle, 25-15, 25-15, 25-22, to brush the best-of-three title sequence of UAAP Season 84 ladies’s volleyball championship Tuesday at Mall of Asia Enviornment.
“We’re tremendous comfortable as a result of the whole lot that we went by way of in coaching was all erased,” mentioned Cess Robles, the NU workforce captain, in Filipino. “All our tiredness and exhaustion have been erased.”
It was an ideal 16-game season for NU, which earned its first title since Season 19 in 1956-1957, and it put a halt to the dominant period of the massive faculties largely represented by the 11-time champion Woman Spikers.
Regardless of having that championship system of well-respected coach, Ramil de Jesus, La Salle merely couldn’t depend on younger and untested however brave abilities to bail the Woman Spikers out. They really did not win a single set over the Woman Bulldogs in all 4 matches they performed this yr.
The Woman Bulldogs displayed championship coronary heart, pedigree and expertise within the season that was staged below the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mhicaela Belen displayed heroics commensurate to her uncommon Rookie-Most Invaluable Participant award, blasting 10 of her 16 factors within the first body to set the tone of the match.
“We’re tremendous happy with what we did, it was all price it,” mentioned Belen, who this early is anticipated to type the spine of the Woman Bulldogs’ try to ascertain a dynasty of their very own.
“My solely objective [at the start of the season] was to assist NU win the championship,” added Belen. “I didn’t count on to win all these particular person honors.”
Alyssa Solomon led NU with 18 factors, whereas Ivy Lacsina and Robles added eight and 6, respectively, demonstrating how properly the Woman Bulldogs performed their respective elements within the workforce’s system.
Libero Jen Nierva and setter Camilla Lamina offered stability for the Woman Bulldogs, who noticed a revolving door of coaches all through the years till Karl Dimaculangan—a champion participant himself for College of Santo Tomas—got here on board.
“Lesson that we discovered right here is that it’s by no means simple to win a championship,” mentioned Dimaculangan. “For those who solely noticed how we labored very exhausting to arrange for this season, you’d admire this even higher.”
Dimaculangan, whose first stint as UAAP coach was with College of the East, refused to have a look at the promising highway forward for the Woman Bulldogs.
Not but, anyway.
“The necessary factor now’s to rejoice this title and luxuriate in this as a lot as potential,” added Dimaculangan. INQ
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