National University (NU) has finally claimed a title that has been in the works all season — a title that has really eluded Lady Bulldogs for the past 65 years.
With a super lineup born from its high school program and a craving second to none, NU eliminated La Salle, 25-15, 25-15, 25-22, to wipe out the negative series. the best of three of the UAAP Section 84 Women’s Volleyball Championship Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Cess Robles, captain of the NU team, said in Filipino: “We are very happy because everything that we went through during training has been wiped away. “All our fatigue and exhaustion has been erased.”
It was a perfect 16-game season for NU, winning its first title since Season 19 in 1956-1957, and it ended an era of domination by the big schools that were largely represented. by 11-time champion Lady Spikers.
Despite famed coach Ramil de Jesus’ championship system, La Salle simply cannot rely on young and untested but courageous talents to bail the Lady Spikers out. They really haven’t won a set against Lady Bulldogs in all four games they’ve played this year.
The Lady Bulldogs displayed heart, pedigree and championship talent during a season held in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mhicaela Belen displayed heroes worthy of her Rare Rookie-Most Valuable Player award, scoring 10 of her 16 points in the first frame to set the tone of the game.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve done, it’s all well-deserved,” Belen said.
“My only goal [at the start of the season] is to help NU win the championship,” added Belen. “I didn’t expect to win all these individual titles.”
Alyssa Solomon led the NU with 18 points, while Ivy Lacsina and Robles added 8 and 6 respectively, demonstrating how well Lady Bulldogs have played in the team’s system.
Libero Jen Nierva and creator Camilla Lamina brought stability to the Lady Bulldogs, a team that saw the doors of coaches revolving throughout the years until Karl Dimaculangan – a former player champion for the University of Santo Tomas – joined.
“The lesson we learned here is that it is never easy to win a championship,” said Dimaculangan. “If you just see how we’ve worked so hard to prepare for this season, you’ll appreciate this even more.”
Dimaculangan, who had a stint as the first UAAP coach at the University of the East, declined to look at the promising path ahead for the Lady Bulldogs.
Anyway, not yet.
“The important thing now is to celebrate this title and enjoy it as much as possible,” added Dimaculangan. INQ
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