Jasmine Nabor not paying attention to stats even as she eclipses Jia Morado in battle of top setters
Jasmine Nabor winds up with a slight edge in numbers over Jia Morado. Jaime Campos 

SAYING she isn’t focusing on individual stats anymore, National University setter Jasmine Nabor shrugged off the praises even as she got one over Ateneo counterpart Jia Morado.

Nabor played a big role in lifting the National Lady Bulldogs to victory and eclipsed Morado in their first encounter in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

She dished out all of the team’s 43 excellent sets and the Lady Bulldogs came up with 49 kills, eight points higher than Ateneo’s 41 from Morado’s 40 excellent sets.

But more than the numbers, Nabor said she’s happy to be able to play at the same level as Morado, a former UAAP best setter.

“Para sa akin siyempre natutuwa po ako pero hindi po ako nagpo-focus doon kasi ang gusto ko as a team po kaming aangat, hindi yung isa-isa lang,” said the second year NU ace.

“Pero siyempre nakakadagdag motivation po na best setter (si Jia) parati tapos ngayon parang nagiging ka-level ko siya sa laro pero hindi naman sa mga techniques lang,” she added.

Nabor also stressed that she’s no longer eying am individual award. 

In last year’s V-League Collegiate Conference, she admitted she expected to claim the best setter title but the award was won by Morado.

“Hindi ko na po iniisip ang individual award eh kasi gusto ko sabay sabay kaming magkaroon ng award, na makaabot kami sa finals o sa championship,” said Nabor.

“Sobrang natutuwa po kami kasi lahat ng pinaghirapan namin sa training nagawa namin against Ateneo, ‘yung mga plano namin lumabas,” she added.

NU tangles with winless Adamson on Sunday.

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