ALOHI Robins-Hardy has been given the green light to score while setting plays and made her presence felt right in her first match with Cignal.
The HD Spikers’ acquisition from United VC dished out 18 excellent sets and delivered 12 points from seven kills, three aces and two blocks as Cignal beat Sta. Lucia in four sets in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan.
Having a 6-foot-2 setter gives coach Edgar Barroga more offensive options, and Robins-Hardy did not disappoint.
“Thanks to coach for having or letting me have that green light to attack on balls like that. And just play my game, attacking and get the hitters involved,” said Robins-Hardy.
“I love him. He's an amazing coach, he knows what he's doing. It's nice to be finally under his coaching system and I'm getting used to his system so it's really nice,” she said.
Barroga was all praises for Robins-Hardy, cousin of Rain or Shine forward Gabe Norwood.
“Kung ano sabihin mo, nagagawa niya kaagad e. This time palagay ko magiging confident ako pagdating sa setter,” said Barroga. “Kita mo naman, you are the first attacker. Pag nasa front line ka, ikaw muna umatake. Kung hindi mo aatakihin, tsaka ka mag set at magbigay ng play. Ginawa naman niya kaya naging effective.”
Robins-Hardy joined Cignal before the disbandment of UVC, and says it is unfortunate several of her former teammates remain unsigned.
“My contract with them was over, I had to find a new team, a new contract, I have to make a new decision for myself,” she said. “So, I think, leaving the girls and eventually having them to disband was sad and to know that some of them don't have teams, it's sad.”
The former Brigham Young University player in the West Coast Conference of NCAA said she is grateful for UVC, which led her to see action in the Philippines.
Now she vows to give her all for Cignal, as she teams up with stars such as Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga.
“I love them. They're crazy, they're wild. They keep me entertained and they're very welcoming,” Robins-Hardy said. “Chemistry is getting there. I think we have pretty good chemistry. I think it can get better, I think we're jelling pretty well so I'm excited to see what happens.”