MANILA, Philippines – Coach Carl Dimakulangan and his National University Lady Bulldogs have completed a rare elimination sweep of Ramil de Jesus-coach La Salle to remain unbeaten in eight games at the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
La Salle, which dazzled opponents with its terrifying presence and winning tradition, looked helpless to a group of young bloods who last tasted the sweetness of the championship in the late 1950s.
The five-time UAAP Girls Champion Bella Balen, Alyssa Solomon, Camilla Lamina, Ivy Laxina and Jennifer Nierova, who is out of Nazareth School, were still too much for Lady Spykers under Lady Bulldogs, De Jesus. The winning program that won 11 titles with impressive wins on Thursday 25-21, 25-20, 25-17 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“It simply came to our notice then. As a team, we are really well prepared. We didn’t think about the consequences, “said Dimakulangan, a Filipino. “We always make sure we learn every game, every training, then we perform. These players have worked hard for it and they are really listening and following our instructions. “
After spending two seasons with the University of the East, new NU coach Dimakulangan became one of the few coaches to beat La Salle coach de Jesus, who rarely lost a game in a row to a UAAP team.
The young NU mentor was joined by former coach Atenio Bundit, who blew La Salike to the elimination and final in Season 77, and the head coach of the University of the Philippines, Godfrey Okumu, and the coach of the University of Santo Thomas, Kungfu Reyes. In 2019.
But of those coaches who beat the multi-title Lady Spykers coach, Dimakulangan did it with a back-to-back straight-set win.
Star setter Rhea Dimakulangan’s brother is not allowing them to win that big victory on the way to their undefeated campaign, as she chose to stay as a sports student in 1957 in an attempt to win NU’s first women’s volleyball title.
“Maybe it’s new to me because I’m not a longtime coach, I’m new too so I’m a student of volleyball.” “Maybe I learned a lot from them, from other coaches and in the games ahead.”
(It’s a new experience for me. I’m just a new coach and I’m still a student playing volleyball. I still have a lot to learn from other coaches and in our upcoming games.)
The Lady Bulldogs won 10 matches in a row, including two wins in Season 82, which was canceled two years ago due to the Covid-19 epidemic. The Elimination Round of Season 76 lost only a two-time losing streak, and the Staples had to miss the final after losing to Atenio, led by Alyssa Valdez, in the semifinals.
For team captain Ces Robles, the key to their impressive and unbeaten run is the confidence of coach Dimakulangan for every player in their line-up.
“Because in every game there is always confidence in the players, everyone in the system and everyone. The confidence of the coach is big for us, “said Robels.
(Coach Carl’s faith and system really helps us win every game. His faith really has a huge impact on us.)
But reaching a new milestone in their 10-game winning streak and sweeping La Salle was an added lesson for NU as it shifted focus in its next game against Ateneo on Saturday.
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