The 65-year wait for Lady Bulldogs is over

NU Lady Bulldogs complete the cleanup of season 84 of the UAAP on the way to the title.  –UAAP PHOTO

NU Lady Bulldogs complete the cleanup of season 84 of the UAAP on the way to the title. –UAAP PHOTO

The National University (NU) is finally vying for a title that has borne its name throughout the season – one that has actually eluded Lady Bulldogs for the past 65 years.

With a super squad stemming from the high school program and a hunger that was unmatched, NU withdrew from La Salle, 25-15, 25-15, 25-22 to sweep the best of the three UAAP Season 84 titles. women’s volleyball on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“We are super happy because everything we went through in training has been erased,” said Ses Robles, captain of the NU team, in Filipino. “All our fatigue and exhaustion have been erased.”

It was the perfect season of 16 games for NU, who won his first title since Season 19 in 1956-1957 and ended the dominant era of the big schools, represented largely by 11-time champion Lady Spikers.

Despite having this champion system of respected coach Ramil de Jesus, La Salle simply could not count on young and untested but brave talents to save Lady Spikers. They actually failed to win a single set over the Lady Bulldogs in all four games they played this year.

Lady Bulldogs showed champion heart, pedigree and talent during the season, organized under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

A rare feat

Mhicaela Belen showed heroism comparable to her rare award for Most Valuable Rookie Player, scoring 10 of her 16 points in the first frame to set the tone of the match.

“We are super proud of what we did, everything was worth it,” said Belen, who is expected to form the backbone of Lady Bulldogs’ attempt to create their own dynasty.

“My only goal [at the start of the season] it was to help NU win the championship, “Belen added. “I didn’t expect to win all these individual awards.”

Alice Solomon led NU by 18 points, while Ivy Laxina and Robles added eight and six, respectively, demonstrating how well the Lady Bulldogs played their respective roles in the dismissal system.

Libero Jen Nierva and setter Camilla Lamina provided stability for the Lady Bulldogs, who have seen a revolving door for coaches over the years as Carl Dimaculangan, the University of Santo Thomas champion himself, appears on board.

“The lesson we learned here is that it is never easy to win a championship,” Dimakulangan said. “If you only saw how we worked very hard to prepare for this season, you would appreciate it even better.”

Dimakulangan, whose first stay as a UAAP coach was at Eastern University, refused to look at the promising path for Lady Bulldogs.

Not yet.

“The important thing now is to celebrate this title and enjoy it as much as possible,” Dimakulangan added. inches


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