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    Ateneo star Jia Morado proud to see rookie Jules Samonte deliver at crunch time

    Apr 9, 2017
    Jia Morado gave Jules Samonte some good looks above the net and the rookie did not disappoint, helping lift the Lady Eagles to victory. Jerome Ascano

    ATENEO skipper Jia Morado was pleased to see rookie Jules Samonte deliver in an important match against archrival La Salle.

    Thrust into the spotlight as Jhoana Maraguinot was again held out, to be rested according to Ateneo, Samonte came up with several huge hits in the Lady Eagles’ four-set win that earned them the No. 1 spot in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.

    [See Ateneo Lady Eagles repeat over La Salle Lady Spikers to clinch top seeding in Final Four]

    Maraguinot was out for the second straight match, but Morado was not too worried of the young replacement, setting up Samonte who wound up with 10 huge points.

    “Ginagawa niya yun sa training,” Morado said. “Sobrang lakas niya sa training.”

    “Before the game pa lang, sinabihan na siya namin na, ‘Jules, if coach uses you today, wag kang matakot kasi you are a rookie and nothing is expected of you but to play your hundred percent. Okay lang magkamali,’” Morado said.

    [See Ateneo unlikely hero Jules Samonte proud to carry out 'rookie duties' even after breakout game]

    “She took that to heart talaga, and nagulat kami sa nilaro niya, at nagdeliver siya,” she added.

    “To bring it to the game ng hindi ka masyadong ginagamit ni coach Tai, that’s something talaga,” Morado said.

    Gabriel Pe

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    Jia Morado gave Jules Samonte some good looks above the net and the rookie did not disappoint, helping lift the Lady Eagles to victory. Jerome Ascano
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