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    Santiago's explosive Superliga debut not a concern going to Game Two of V-League Finals

    May 22, 2014
    NU star Dindin Santiago shrugs off questions about fatigue after playing five tough sets for Petron in the Superliga. Jerome Ascano 

    THERE’S more left in Dindin Santiago.

    Following her monster debut in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference playing for Petron, Dindin Santiago assured that she can still play at the same level in Game Two of the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference Finals against Far Eastern University.

    Santiago erupted for a PSL record 37 points in her first game with Petron, carrying the Blaze Spikers to a thrilling 25-27, 25-23, 19-25, 26-24, 15-10 win over PLDT Home TVolution on Wednesday.

    But she is confident that she has enough time to recover and help NU level the series and force a title decider.

    “Hindi naman po maapektuhan kasi may ilang araw pa naman ’yung V-League,” said the two-time V-League MVP.

    “Sanay na rin po ako sa mga sunud-sunod na mga laro,” she added.

    Petron assistant coaches Edjet Mabbayad and Shaq delos Santos were also quick to downplay the remarkable performance, saying it’s neither a disadvantage nor an advantage on both the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Tamaraws, respectively.

    Mabbayad serves as deputy of coach Ariel dela Cruz at NU, while De los Santos is head mentor of FEU.  

    “Hindi naman ako nagwo-worry, may time pa siya para maka-recover,” said Mabbayad. “One hundred percent ang tiwala ko sa kanya,” he added.

    De los Santos, on the other hand, said Santiago's weariness is not to the Lady Tamaraws’ advantage.

    “Hindi naman siguro advantage sa amin 'yun kasi makakapag rest pa siya ng ilang days,” said the FEU mentor.

    The Lady Tamaraws lead the series 1-0, with Game Two set at 2:45 p.m. at The Arena in San Juan.

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    NU star Dindin Santiago shrugs off questions about fatigue after playing five tough sets for Petron in the Superliga. Jerome Ascano 
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