Angel Canino wasn’t anticipating something out of the unusual in her coming-out celebration in UAAP ladies’s volleyball.
However with the rookie main La Salle to victory by the pores and skin of its tooth, 25-20, 16-25, 25-8, 15-25, 16-14, in a battle of attrition in opposition to College of Santo Tomas on Saturday, it merely hinted of magnificent issues to come back for Canino and the Woman Spikers in Season 85.
“It’s my dream to play within the UAAP, at MOA (Mall of Asia), particularly in faculty and now I’m right here, and I didn’t count on that this would be the end result,’’ mentioned Canino after unloading 16 assaults out of her 18 factors plus one block and an ace in a startling debut.
And the freshman from Bacolod Metropolis foresees that the Woman Spikers can do even higher as they go deeper into the match.
“I simply saved on considering that the sport could be ours. We confirmed who we’re as Woman Spikers and what we’re able to attaining,” Canino continued. “I do know that we are going to jell extra as a staff.’’
Canino additionally obtained a number of assist from Jolina Dela Cruz, Leila Cruz and Thea Gagate in popping out on high of the primary five-setter of the season.
For La Salle interim coach Noel Ocullo, nevertheless, the breaks simply got here their manner.
“Each groups had been able to profitable. It was so intense and all of it got here all the way down to the breaks of the sport. We simply obtained fortunate ultimately,’’ Ocullo mentioned of his baptism of UAAP fireplace.
There was additionally some luck for the Woman Spikers after Tigresses Milena Alessandrini and Eya Laure virtually handed them the victory on a platter.
Alessandrini, the previous rookie of the 12 months, dedicated a service error, giving their foes the benefit within the remaining set, 15-14, earlier than Laure’s energy drive went out of bounds to the delight of the jampacked La Salle crowd.
“We’ll absolutely acquire confidence from this win. However there are a number of issues that we have to alter in coaching,’’ mentioned Ocullo.
The Woman Spikers appeared headed for a fast disposal of the Tigresses after seizing the third set in runaway vogue behind the heroics of Cruz, Gagate, Dela Cruz and Canino.
However the Tigresses refused to only roll over with Laure and Alessandrini pulling out a bag of methods that surprised La Salle within the fourth body.
Laure had 19 factors, highlighted by 17 assaults, that went together with eight digs, whereas the comebacking Alessandrini, who suffered a knee damage in Season 81, completed with 9 kills out of her 10 factors.
Within the different recreation, setter Christine Ubaldo led Far Japanese College to a season-opening 25-16, 23-25, 25-17, 26-24 win over College of the Philippines.
Ubaldo tossed 16 glorious units on high of 5 factors and two blocks, serving to her staff overcome a late cost by the Woman Maroons that would have compelled a five-setter.
“It’s positively an excellent begin for the staff, this system and the neighborhood. We struggled in coaching and previous experiences, however we now have confirmed that we will overcome them,’’ mentioned FEU coach Tina Salak, who took over the teaching chores of the varsity that she as soon as led to back-to-back UAAP titles within the 90s.
Jovelyn Fernandez scored 18 factors, 17 of them coming off quite a lot of kills, whereas Chenie Tagaod and Alyzza Devosora added 13 and 12 factors every for the Woman Tamaraws, who thrived on UP’s clump of errors.
Devosora put FEU inside match level with a pair of assaults and UP’s Stephanie Bustrillo sailed her assault lengthy, ending the match that noticed Salak in jubilation with the remainder of the staff.
“I can really feel a little bit little bit of strain enjoying for her (Salak) as a result of we all know that she’s legendary. I’ve been studying quite a bit from coach Tina and the strain has been slowly waning off the extra time we spend together with her,’’ mentioned Ubaldo.
Salak, who captured the MVP through the 1995 UAAP season, was a three-time Southeast Asian Video games medalist—a silver medal within the 1995 Chiang Mai SEAG, a bronze within the 1997 Jakarta Video games and one other third-place end within the 2005 Manila version.
“I would like them to play the best way I did after I was with the (FEU) staff earlier than. I need a childlike perspective with out being afraid of what different individuals will say, whatever the feelings that you simply present on the market,’’ mentioned Salak, who snapped her alma mater’s 11-game shedding streak.
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