65-year wait for Lady Bulldogs comes to an end


NU Lady Bulldogs complete sweep of UAAP Season 84 on their way to the title. –UAAP PHOTO

NU Girl Bulldogs entire sweep of UAAP Season 84 on their way to the title. –UAAP Photograph

Countrywide College (NU) lastly laid declare to a title that had its identify on it all season—one that basically eluded the Girl Bulldogs for the past 65 many years.

With a super lineup borne out of its higher school method and a starvation that was unmatched, NU brushed off La Salle, 25-15, 25-15, 25-22, to sweep the most effective-of-3 title series of UAAP Time 84 women’s volleyball championship Tuesday at Shopping mall of Asia Arena.

“We are tremendous content mainly because almost everything that we went through in education was all erased,” mentioned Cess Robles, the NU workforce captain, in Filipino. “All our tiredness and exhaustion had been erased.”

It was a ideal 16-game season for NU, which acquired its first title since Season 19 in 1956-1957, and it place a halt to the dominant period of the major faculties mainly represented by the 11-time champion Woman Spikers.

In spite of obtaining that championship program of nicely-respected mentor, Ramil de Jesus, La Salle only could not depend on younger and untested but brave abilities to bail the Woman Spikers out. They essentially failed to earn a solitary established about the Girl Bulldogs in all 4 matches they performed this yr.

The Lady Bulldogs shown championship heart, pedigree and talent in the season that was staged below the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scarce feat

Mhicaela Belen shown heroics commensurate to her uncommon Rookie-Most Precious Participant award, blasting 10 of her 16 points in the first body to set the tone of the match.

“We are super very pleased of what we did, it was all worthy of it,” said Belen, who this early is envisioned to kind the spine of the Woman Bulldogs’ attempt to establish a dynasty of their own.

“My only aim [at the start of the season] was to enable NU earn the championship,” added Belen. “I didn’t be expecting to gain all these particular person honors.”

Alyssa Solomon led NU with 18 points, although Ivy Lacsina and Robles extra eight and 6, respectively, demonstrating how perfectly the Woman Bulldogs performed their respective components in the team’s process.

Libero Jen Nierva and setter Camilla Lamina provided security for the Woman Bulldogs, who saw a revolving door of coaches through the years until eventually Karl Dimaculangan—a champion player himself for College of Santo Tomas—came on board.

“Lesson that we figured out below is that it is by no means easy to win a championship,” said Dimaculangan. “If you only noticed how we labored very tricky to get ready for this season, you’d take pleasure in this even much better.”

Dimaculangan, whose initial stint as UAAP coach was with University of the East, refused to glimpse at the promising highway forward for the Woman Bulldogs.

Not nevertheless, anyway.

“The crucial point now is to rejoice this title and love this as much as feasible,” added Dimaculangan. INQ

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