DINDIN Santiago could not hide her frustration over National University's shutout loss to Far Eastern University in the V-League First Conference title showdown.
But there’s no time for the 20-year-old spiker to sulk as she suits up on Wednesday for a Petron team counting on her to lead from the front in its Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference campaign.
The 6-foot-2 Santiago was named V-League conference MVP for the second straight time but the Lady Bulldogs failed to retain the title, twice suffering straight-sets defeats at the hands of the Lady Tamaraws.
“Ganoon talaga, after the game sabi na lang namin heads up. Move on na lang, babawi na lang ako sa PSL,” she said with a smile.
Usually a strong and effective spiker, Santiago managed just 12 points as the Lady Bulldogs struggled to get good looks at the net against FEU’s tough defense.
“Ang lungkot naman nito,” said the Lady Bulldogs skipper while poring over the stat sheet.
The Lady Bulldogs' champion squad from last season was intact with setter Rubie de Leon boosting the team as a guest player. Although hitter Aiko Urdas went down with a knee injury in the semifinals, Santiago still had high expectations for the team.
“Sobrang sakit kasi nag-expect po ako eh,” she told Spin.ph. “Alam ko kasi na kaya namin. Alam ko na nagawa nga namin last year, kaya ulit namin ngayon.”
“Masakit matalo sa championship lalo na kung naranasan mo na mag-champion,” she added.