PRINCESS Robles hardly played like a rookie against three-time defending champion De La Salle as she powered the young and depleted National University in their toe-to-toe UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball first round duel.
The 5-foot-4 outside hitter stood tall with a career-high 18 points and bravely led the Lady Bulldogs’ gallant fight that pushed the Lady Spikers before surrendering a 10-25, 25-20, 25-27, 22-25 loss on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
“Wala naman pong mawawala sa akin kung ibigay ko ang lahat,” Robles said.
The Season 79 Girls’ Finals Most Valuable Player out of Nazareth School of NU never wavered against the three-time defending champions, soaring over her tall blockers, hitting clutch hits, and even having a great defensive effort with 18 excellent receptions.
“Sa amin po kanina hindi namin inisip na champion team. Sa amin lang ay magawa namin ang part namin, todo bigay kami sa laro. Iniisip namin is manalo kami,” she said.
Behind her impressive season so far, averaging 13.3 points in her first three games, Robles credited her performance to her weight loss of 10 pounds.
“Sobrang laking tulong po talaga na nabawasan ang timbang ko kasi yun po ang problema ko. Di naman ako nagbabawas ng kain pero binabawi ko lang sa training,” said the stocky hitter, who has been working out with 130 kilograms box squat.
Despite the loss that dropped NU to 1-2, Robles is still oozing with confidence after pushing La Salle to its limits that she is hoping to bring in their match against the winless Adamson (0-3) on Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.
“Importante po sa akin yun. Sobrang sarap sa feeling po. Parang nahihikayat ko rin po ang teammates ko na mag-step up kaming lahat para maging ready kami sa next game,” Robles said.