Prado takes backseat in scoring in stacked Arellano roster
Mark Escarlote on Jan 12, 2018 05:57 PM
Mas okay po para sa akin ‘yun kasi mas nakikita ko na ‘yung improvement ng teammates ko -- Jovielyn Prado
Jovielyn Prado’s scoring average in Arellano University’s first three games in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition is far from her production norm last year.
In three outings, Prado’s average is only 8.6 points per game. She had double-digit norms last year.
But the Lady Chiefs’ prized hitter is not worried.
In fact, she likes that somehow she’s able take a backseat in scoring with the repeat-seeking Arellano U stacked with other offensive options this year.
“Mas okay po para sa akin ‘yun kasi mas nakikita ko na ‘yung improvement ng teammates ko,” said Prado on Friday after the Lady Chiefs’ 25-17, 25-17, 25-12, win over Letran at the FilOil Flying V Centre for their third win in as many games and 15th straight win since last season.
Prado only had seven markers in the match, her second single-digit scoring this season after finishing with 12 in a straight-set win over Emilio Aguinaldo College last Sunday.
The graduating player also scored seven in their season-opening sweep of Mapua University.
Rookie Necole Ebuen is Arellano U’s leading scorer, currently averaging 10.6 points per outing while Regine Arocha is chipping in almost 10 markers per game. Skipper Anne Esguerra is averaging six points per game while middle Andrea Marzan has a 5.6-point norm per outing for the Lady Chiefs.
Prado sees their well-balanced scoring as an advantage as they go deep into the season.
“’Pagdating sa crucial games masasabi ko po na may ibubuga ‘yung bawat isa sa amin,” she said. “And mas OK din po yun para hindi lang isa o dalawang tao lang yung babantayan samin at hindi po mababasa yung play namin.”
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