MANILA, Philippines — Alyssa Solomon said she expects Bella Belen to regain MVP after completing another excellent championship streak for National University at Shakey’s Super League Collegiate Preseason Conference at Rizal Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
But after consistently leading the Lady Bulldogs to sweep all eight games in the tournament, Solomon was crowned the league’s first MVP.
“Actually I thought it was Bella so I was very surprised when my name was called. I didn’t expect that because my mentality was to play well and win the championship,” she said. in the final.
Solomon, who will turn 21 next month, slammed the door on La Salle, who threatened to push another set after being ahead early in the third lap. He landed a kill to reach the match point and secured the championship spike with a scrambled game to sweep the preseason with a perfect 8-0 record.
The 1.8m batter said he didn’t want to lose as it’s been the culture of their party since the UAAP girls played at the Nazareth School.
“I don’t want to lose it because it’s been our culture since high school. We can’t afford to lose every game. “We must always stay ahead of our competitors,” said Solomon in Filipino. “When La Salle was in the lead, we touched each other and said: This can’t happen. Wake up and check the score.”
Solomon was happy to be a part of the first Super League, where eight UAAP teams and 10 NCAA schools participated, as he saw the potential of his rookies led by Vangie Alinsug.
“We were happy throughout the tournament because we saw what we still needed every day, every practice, every game,” he said. “We are proud of our rookies because they performed well. I think they can beat us because they are very competitive in training.”
Solomon stressed that despite completing another excellent run, they should not be satisfied as they focus on their bid to defend their title at the UAAP Season 85 women’s volleyball tournament next year.
“We cannot be indifferent, we must continue to seek improvement even in small things. Because those little things can be a factor in losing a game,” Solomon said. “We have to be more consistent in our passes because we didn’t have that in the last game. We can’t play like that in the UAAP.”
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