ROOKIES Antonette Landicho and Kly Orillaneda are doing a fine job in the UAAP Season 81 women’s beach volleyball tournament despite the short preparation.
Lined up just before the tournament after it was determined National Universty first team Roma Doromal and Jasmine Nabor cannot see action due to schedule conflicts, Landicho and Orillaneda are proving up to task and have won their first three matches.
The two 18-year-old spikers hold a share of the early lead after defeating Ateneo‘s Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte, University of the Philippines’ Isa Molde and Justine Dorog and University of the East’s Rhea Manalo and Lyen Ritual.
“Masaya po kasi parang di namin inexpect tsaka hindi din po kami dapat ‘yung maglalaro,” said Landicho, who is a first-timer in beach volleyball. “Sila ate Roma po kaso nagkaconflict po sa indoor. Ayun po masaya kasi unexpected po na kami maglalaro tapos naka three-zero pa din.”
“Nakakaproud siya para sa amin kasi yung mga star players ng schools na kilala natalo namin like Isa Molde, Ponggay Gaston,” she added.
“Nothing to lose, everything to gain ganun lang iniisip namin,” said Orillaneda, who hails from Cebu City. “Focus lang kami sa laro namin kung san kami nagkamali babawiin namin doon.”
Lancidho, from Balayan, Batangas agreed.
“Wala pong (expectations) sabi lang sa amin enjoy niyo lang kasi parang napalit lang kami doon sa talagang lalaro,” Landicho said. “Usap lang po kasi lagi kaming naguusap kung san namin lalagay yung bola like dulo dulo.”
The Lady Bulldogs need at least two more wins to clinch a Final Four berth but their next assignments will be tougher as the face Marianne Calinawan and Ivana Agudo of FEU on Friday, Rondina and Barbon of UST and Michelle Morente and Tin Tiamzon on Tuesday next week, and Adamson’s Gracel Ave and Hannah Infante on Friday next week.
Orillaneda and Landicho are unfazed.
“Kami po step by step Final Four muna tapos tsaka po namin gogoal yung championship pag nakapasok kami ng Final Four ayun,” Landicho said.
“Okay lang po, laban lang naman. Tao din naman si Ate Sisi may skills din naman po siya na wala sa amin, na meron kami, yun na lang yung papakita namin,” Orillaneda added.