COACH Roger Gorayeb has his sights on the UAAP title, saying it is his purpose to bring the National University Lady Bulldogs to the top of the collegiate league.
"I want NU to make it to the championship in the UAAP this season. That's really my dream. That's my purpose for NU," said Gorayeb after steering NU to the Shakey's V-League Collegiate Conference crown.
NU bagged its second V-League collegiate crown on Sunday, downing Ateneo, 25-21, 26-24, 25-19, at the Arena in San Juan City last Sunday.
Gorayeb said the stint helped his team a lot in terms of experience, preparations and poise although they will be without Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Rubie de Leon in the UAAP starting in February next year.
But Gorayeb believes the two guest players have done their jobs for NU in the V-League, boosting the team to the title as well as share their knowledge with the rest of the Lady Bulldogs.
"That's why I only took in Rubie late in our V-League campaign so that my other players, including my setter can learn," said Gorayeb, referring to young Rica Diolan, who takes over as starting setter.
"Rubie took her under her wing in a few weeks she was with us and I hope she has learned from her, especially in decision-making," he said.
De Leon dished out solid performances in the finals, especially in the last two matches where she exploited the team’s advantage in depth and talent.
Myla Pablo, who was named Finals MVP trophy, is also expected to be assigned skipper.
"I'm choosing between Myla and Jorelle (Singh) to be my team captain but it's probably her (Pablo)," said Gorayeb.