Sat. Dec 3rd, 2022
The NU Lady Bulldogs also captured Shakey's Super League title.  –SSL PHOTO

The NU Lady Bulldogs also captured Shakey’s Super League title. –SSL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines —A dominating performance in Shakey’s Super League did not deter National University’s hunger one bit.

After expanding their dominance with another excellent title run in the Super League, which finished with a deft 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 win over La Salle on Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to head to tough camp two weeks from now. .

They’re heading to Japan for a training camp from December 4-18, before their bid to defend their title at the UAAP Season 85 women’s volleyball tournament next year.

“The more nananalo ka din, the more responsibility as a team in Hindi kami magpapabaya. “Hindi kami puwede maging indifferent sa bawat kalaban namin,” NU coach Karl Dimaculangan said after winning his second title with the team. “Kaka alam namin at one point, mayroong gusto rin sa amin Makasabay.”

“Review yung performance name and magre-ready na siguro for UAAP. Hindi pwede with a ganito lang. Wait for more palagi.”

(The more we win, the greater the responsibility for our team. We cannot remain indifferent because we know that at some point other teams want to catch up with our level. Here we will review our performance and prepare for the UAAP. We are satisfied, we should expect more.)

Under Dimaculangan, NU won 24 games in a row, including a 16-0 win of UAAP Season 84, to end their 65-year championship stint.

In the Super League, the Lady Bulldogs started life without mid-blocker Ivy Lacsina and the other seniors, but they remained dominant even in the all-game rule as their second unit played as stars to sweep all eight games.

But for Dimaculangan and his guardians, learning never stops.

“I need to learn more too,” the NU coach said in Filipino. “We can’t be content with what we have and what we know right now. We should always look forward to learning.”

Alyssa Solomon leads the NU Lady Bulldogs in Shakey’s Super League individual awards. –SSL PHOTO

Tournament MVP Alyssa Solomon and senior libero Jennifer Nierva are also eager to learn from the top volleyball country.

“I want to learn Japan’s faster pace. Because for me, I still couldn’t keep up with the pace of our open strokes. I want to work on this in Japan,” Solomon said in Filipino.

Nierva has the same mentality as his coach and teammates.

“We have to maximize the opportunity given to us by our team manager because here in Shakey’s Super League we have seen other teams improve and become more committed to winning. We are excited to train in Japan,” the libero said.

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