NATIONAL University bounced back from an opening-game day loss as it turned back Adamson, 17-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20, in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Philsports Arena on Saturday.
The Lady Bulldogs evened their card at 1-1 for a three-way logjam with its victim and University of the Philippines, which lost to La Salle earlier.
Third year Jaja Santiago atoned for her lackluster showing in the team’s three-set loss to Ateneo by finishing with 20 points from 18 spikes, while skipper Myla Pablo and Jorelle Singh added 13 and 11 markers, respectively.
“Noon pa naman noong unang dating ko pa lang dyan sa NU hanggang ngayon lagi kong ine-emphasize sa kanila bigay niyo nang bigay kay Jaja, malaki ‘yan eh, 6’5” ‘yan eh. Hindi basta-basta maabot ‘yan (ng blockers),” said NU coach Roger Gorayeb, who’s on his second season with the Lady Bulldogs.
“Kailangan ibigay niyo ang bola na pang 6’5”,” he added. “‘Yan ang greatest advantage namin sa kanila (ibang teams) meron kaming ganyan kalaki kaya dapat i-maximize namin si Jaja as a 6’5” player. Eh ‘yung setter (Rica Diolan) nagtuluy-tuloy (ang magandang laro).”
NU committed 24 miscues but capitalized on Adamson’s 34 errors.
Diolan registered 38 of the team’s 42 excellent sets in a match that took an hour and 49 minutes to finish.
Despite the win, Gorayeb could not help but to look back on the team’s season-opener match against Ateneo and rued about his players’ lack of character especially when they are leading by a big margin.
He admitted that even he could not think of an answer to his own query on why the Lady Bulldogs lose to the Lady Eagles last Sunday.
“We were leading, hindi lang basta leading, 15-7 at saka 18-13, ano sila eh parang tentative ang mga kilos nila noon,” he said.
“Ang problema nila is ‘yung character nila sa loob, ‘yun ang pinakamabigat kong problema” he added.
“Kasi kaya naman nilang lumamang eh, ang problema kahit lamang maya-maya nawawala na sa sarili, nawala sa focus. Hindi ko alam kung bakit.”
Jessica Galanza, who had a career-high 28 points in the Lady Falcons’ victory over University of Santo Tomas, 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 28-30, 16-14, was held to just 17 points this time, while May Roque added 12 and skipper Mylene Paat and Mary Dacoron each had 11 markers.