Angel Canino wasn’t anticipating something out of the extraordinary in her coming-out occasion in UAAP girls’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 towards College of Santo Tomas on Saturday, it merely hinted of magnificent issues to return 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 school and now I’m right here, and I didn’t count on that this would be the final result,’’ stated 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 can 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 acquired numerous assist from Jolina Dela Cruz, Leila Cruz and Thea Gagate in popping out on prime of the primary five-setter of the season.
For La Salle interim coach Noel Ocullo, nonetheless, the breaks simply got here their method.
“Each groups had been able to profitable. It was so intense and all of it got here right down to the breaks of the sport. We simply acquired fortunate in the long run,’’ Ocullo stated 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 last 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 achieve confidence from this win. However there are numerous issues that we have to regulate in coaching,’’ stated Ocullo.
However the Tigresses refused to simply roll over with Laure and Alessandrini pulling out a bag of tips 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 Jap 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 prime of 5 factors and two blocks, serving to her staff overcome a late cost by the Woman Maroons that might have pressured a five-setter.
“It’s undoubtedly a superb begin for the staff, this system and the group. We struggled in coaching and previous experiences, however we’ve got confirmed that we will overcome them,’’ stated FEU coach Tina Salak, who took over the teaching chores of the college 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 a wide range 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 slightly little bit of stress enjoying for her (Salak) as a result of we all know that she’s legendary. I’ve been studying so much from coach Tina and the stress has been slowly waning off the extra time we spend together with her,’’ stated Ubaldo.
Salak, who captured the MVP in the course of 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 once I was with the (FEU) staff earlier than. I desire a childlike angle with out being afraid of what different folks will say, whatever the feelings that you simply present on the market,’’ stated Salak, who snapped her alma mater’s 11-game shedding streak.
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