MANILA, Philippines – National University Libero Jennifer Nierova has blamed the loyalty of her rookie teammates outside Nazareth School for their UAAP season 84 women’s volleyball final.
After completing a 14-game elimination round sweep at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday, Lady Bulldogs are making their way to the championship round for the first time in the Final Four era.
NU Libro believes that the key to their success is their reunion with their high school classmates Bella Belen, Alyssa Solomon, Shina Torring and Lams Lamina, who chose to be Lady Bulldogs among other school offers.
“I thank our rookies from high school for choosing NU. They have received offers from other schools, but they are loyal and have a vision for the team. They are committed and I am very grateful for that, “said Nierova after NU’s 25-22, 29-27, 25-17 victory over Santo Thomas University.
Nierva knew that Lady Bulldog’s culture would change when her former high school classmates entered the collegiate level.
“They are really hardworking and enthusiastic. We have built a strong bond with them. I am very proud to be with them because if they can play for another school we will have a hard time, “he said.
Nirva said it was easy for her fellow seniors Ivy Laxina and Cess Robbels to lead the miscreants, who swept 16 games to reign in the 2019 season 82 girls volleyball.
“Through the leadership of Princess Robles, Ivy Laxina and seniors like me, they have followed us. It’s easy to mix with them and we still have gels in high school, “he said.
Third-year Libero enjoyed their journey from missing the Final Four in 2019, after winning a pair of games in their canceled season 82 two years ago, to the chance to win their first NU title since 1957.
“I am happy with my journey. I suffered a lot of losses (in my rookie year). But those adversities have made us stronger, more hardworking and more determined to achieve more, not just for ourselves, but for the team and the school, ”he added.
NU will have to wait for their final opponent as the semifinals will be played in the stapledar format.
Nirva says they will cherish their live final this day. But the next day, they will return to work trying to achieve their goal of ending the 65-year title drought.
“For now, we will enjoy this feeling and celebrate our team’s 14-0 win. But tomorrow, back to work, “he said.
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