STA. ROSA, Laguna — Jasmin Nabor feels some pressure and excitement as she gets the start with Jia Morado out of the Philippine women’s volleyball team match against Thailand on Saturday in the Asean Grand Prix Second Leg.
Morado was brilliant in Philippines’ three-set victory over Vietnam, finishing with 17 excellent sets, 10 digs and four points, but will miss the match vs Thailand as she plays for her club Creamline in a Premier Volleyball League match in Iloilo City.
Alyssa Valdez, also of Creamline, Army’s Jovelyn Gonzaga and Choco Mucho’s Maddie Madayag will also be out of the Philppines’ match as they play in the PVL.
“Excited na kinakabahan kasi syempre first time kong magiging first setter para irepresent yung bansa natin tapos syempre Thailand pa yun,” said Nabor, who will be the lone setter in the Philippine lineup for the match.
“Ako sobrang saya ko kasi kahit saglit lang ako nasa loob ng court, parang alam mo yun, parang matagal ko na silang kasama kahit hindi naman talaga,” nabor told reporters. “At saka malaking opportunity yung kahit papano ginagamit ako kanina kasi para at least tumaas yung confidence ko sa paglalaro.”
Nabor said she got some advice from Morado after the match against Vietnam.
“Nilapitan niya (Morado) ako agad na kaya ko daw yan bukas. Ipakita ko daw yung galing ko tapos nakikinig lang ako palagi sakanya,” Nabor said. “Nanghihingi ako ng instructions every training tapos kausapin ko lang palagi yung teammates ko kasi syempre yung connection wala pa eh.”
Nabor, who also plays for PLDT and was ealier tapped to take Alohi Robins-Hardy’s spot in the second leg, admitted that it’s not going to be easy filling in their big shoes with limited preparation.
“Nung Monday lang sinabi na kasama kami sa national team. Siguro parang in one snap, 'ay maglalaro ako,’” she said. “Kailangan may patunayan ako sa sarili ko, sa maraming tao at saka syempre dito sa mga teammates.”
“Siguro lalaruin ko lang kung ano yung laro ko tapos magfocus pa ko, makipagcommunicate pa ko sa spiker ko kasi onti lang yung time ko na nakasama ko sila,” she said.