MANILA, Philippines – Alyssa Solomon is delighted that their winning culture from high school has helped bring UAAP back to national university in the post-season for the first time in four years.
Rookie Spyker dropped 20 points as the undefeated NU won its 11th consecutive win, beating Adamson 25-20, 25-17, 13-25, 25-13 to at least the top two and twice defeated UAAP Season 84 Women at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday. The final four edges of the volleyball tournament.
The last time the Lady Bulldogs topped the top two was in 2014 when Zaza and Dindin led the Santiago team to a 12-2 finish just to blow their doubles advantage to Alyssa Valdez-led Atenio, who won the Season 76 crown. .
Solomon believes the character they created from Nazareth School, which won five UAAP Girls’ titles, helped bring NU so far – three wins away from the final berth.
“Because we are facing new challenges in every match. Our opponents will not give up without a fight. So we shouldn’t let our team lose either, “said Solomon in the Filipino after running 17 spikes and three aces – the first Lady Bulldog to score 20 points this season.
Solomon is leading the team among NU’s first-year players, along with Bella Belen, Shina Toring and Lams Lamina.
But he credits his seniors Ces Robbles, Ivy Lacsina and Jennifer Nierva for the Bulldogs for their first post-season appearance since the last game of the 2018 season at Jaza Santiago.
“I am very proud because as a rookie we have been able to lead the team. But our seniors are guiding us to do the right things and to observe the areas in which we need to improve, ”Solomon said.
But as NU coach Carl Dimakulangan puts it, their focus is on improving and learning every game, rather than just boosting their unbeaten record.
Solomon, the best server and top 3 Spyker in the first round, agrees with his coach, saying they will not stop until they meet their championship goal for NU.
“We have learned a lot from this game. We still have a lot to improve for the next match. Tomorrow we will practice what we lacked and we have failed to apply before, ”he said.
NU will try to win the No. 1 seed against the University of the Philippines on Saturday and will run the gun to advance to the final in their last two games against Far Eastern University and the University of Santo Thomas.
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