MANILA, Philippines – Bella Belen had an unforgettable Tuesday night.
Not young, the 19-year-old spike went down in history as the first volleyball player in history to win the MVP of the season, rookie of the year and 1st best outside striker at the same time, but Belen also helped steer National University to the perfect season 84 for Lady Bulldogs’ first title in 65 years.
But after achieving so much in his rookie, Belen remains eager to be better as a player and secure more titles for the Lady Bulldogs.
“I’m sure you have a lot of money, so if you don’t like it, if you don’t like it, you can do it.” Sabi po kasi ng coach namin before, when araw may pinapanganak sa amin na mas magaling “, said Belen, after scoring 18 points in NU win 25-15, 25-15, 25-22 over La Salle in Game 2 on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Dapat hindi po ako nasa-stisfy sa kung anong meron ako ngayon. Rookie-MVP if ngayon, so bukas, may mas gagaling pa sa akin “, she added
[I need to keep on working. I won’t stop after all of my achievements today. Because my coach told me before, that every day there are better people than us who are born. I should not be satisfied. I’m a rookie-MVP today. But tomorrow I will do better.]
Belen, who had run away from the statistical leader with 99,574 points, was shocked by what she had just achieved in one day – and that includes a series of 30 victories, including a 14-0 victory with Nazareth School. in the UAAP Girls’ Division in 2019
“I can’t explain how I feel. “I’m so happy because the story we once dreamed of NU is now a reality,” she said.
In addition to coming out of a solid and successful high school program, Belen attributes his success to it. Volleyball women in the Philippines with teammates Jennifer Nierva, Ivy Laksina and Camille Cal at the Asian Women’s Club Championship in Thailand last year.
“We are also grateful for all the lessons from AVC. “We managed to bring it to the UAAP and share the level of the international game with our teammates,” she said. “We have made our standards higher in the UAAP game.”
After all their hardships and sacrifices in these difficult times, Belen will take a well-deserved break and watch the men’s division of the Volleyball League of Nations as a fan of Japan’s Ran Takahashi this week at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Achieving a historic 16-0 feat, the rookie-MVP said the best is yet to come for Lady Bulldogs.
“We may be 16-0, but that doesn’t mean we will stop working. I believe that the best is yet to come for NU, because we are a hard-working team. If you can see our training, everyone wants to compete and does not want to lose. “We are always helping each other improve,” Belen said.
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