Kapag sinabing JRU buong team na ang gumagalaw -- Alvarez
Sinabi ko po sa team namin na, ‘huwag tayong papayag na may isa lang na bumubuhat sa team. Kailangan kapag sinabing JRU, lahat tayo.’ -- JRU skipper Shola Alvarez
Shola Alvarez is not taking all the credit in Jose Rizal University’s recent success in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition.
The fifth year hitter is averaging 23 points per game in a monster scoring performance that helped the Lady Bombers improve to 2-1 win-loss record.
But Alvarez downplayed her role in JRU’s emergence as a dark horse this season, saying that it was the Lady Bombers’ team effort that got them to where they are early in the single-round robin contest.
Aside from Alvarez, the Mia Tioseco-mentored squad is also getting good numbers from Dolly Versoza, a transferee from Ormoc, and veteran opposite spiker Karen Montojo.
Versoza has been averaging 13.3 points per outing, scoring 18 on her debut in a five-set loss to San Beda College. Montojo, the Season 92 Best Opposite Spiker, has a norm of seven points per game.
“Siyempre po advantage na rin po talaga ng team namin ‘yun na dati po kasi isa lang ang tinitingnan. Ngayon po halos lahat na po kami,” said Alvarez, who scored 24 Friday in JRU’s 25-20, 25-16, 25-16, win over Emilio Aguinaldo College in the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Siyempre po maganda yun sa team namin na kapag sinabing JRU buong team na ang gumagalaw na po talaga. Minsan kasi sinasabi na isa lang gumagawa and di naman po maganda yun sa team naming,” added Alvarez, who tallied a game-high 28 points in the Lady Bombers’ historic first win against San Sebastian College in decades. “Sinabi ko po sa team namin na, ‘huwag tayong papayag na may isa lang na bumubuhat sa team. Kailangan kapag sinabing JRU, lahat tayo.’”
The Lady Bombers hope to ride on the crest of their two-game winning run when they take on the unbeaten defending champion Arellano University on Tuesday.
“Sana po magtulu’y-tuloy na. Siyempre po hindi naman basta-basta ang mga susunod naming mga kalaban,” said Alvarez. “Kailangan naming paghandaan ‘yun para makamit namin ang tuluy-tuloy ang panalo.”
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