NCAA Season 95: Verzosa embraces role as new Queen Bomber
Mark Escarlote on Jan 16, 2020 10:06 PM
Dolly Verzosa is up to the task of leading Jose Rizal University. (Richard Esguerra)
Dolly Verzosa embraces a bigger role for Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition.
The third year hitter not only serves as the Lady Bombers’ top scoring option, but is now taking the responsibility as court leader of a young squad.
Verzosa displayed an all-around game as she steered JRU to a come-from-behind, 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 15-8, victory over San Sebastian College on Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition, as the Lady Bomber opened their campaign on a high note.
The skipper delivered 21 points, capped off with the game-clinching down the line attack, while showing great floor defense with 20 digs.
“Parang 'yung problema ko lang ngayon is parang bata pa 'yung teammates ko kaya kailangan ko mag step-up as a captain,” said Verzosa, who was JRU's co-captain last year with Karen Montojo.
Verzosa, one of the few holdover from the previous season, accepted that she had to step up to lead the Mia Tioseco-mentored squad, which is composed of a core of freshmen and sophomores.
“Ngayon naging matured [ako] bigla kasi 'yung mga teammates ko mga freshmen,” added Verzosa, who is now stepping out of the shadow of former JRU star and Season 93 MVP Shola Alvarez.
Verzosa was instrumental in the fifth set, scoring six points in the deciding frame to help JRU extend its head-to-head winning streak over SSC-R to three.
The JRU veteran rallied her squad in the fourth frame and and kept the Lady Bombers together in the fifth, which started tight before the Mandaluyong-based squad pulled away halfway in the decider.
“Sinasabi ko sa kanila na tibay lang. Tibay lang ng loob kasi puro din mga bago eh, kinakabahan pa,” said the management student.
She kept reminding her teammates, especially in the crucial stretch of the last two sets of the match, of their goal.
“Sabi ko lang sa kanila na, ‘Gusto nyo nang manalo?’ Kasi yun palagi ang sinasabi ni coach Mia na yung matitira lang naman dito ay yung gustong manalo. ‘Gusto nyo bang manalo?’” she said. “Yun na-motivate sila lalo na kailangan namin ito. Kailangan naming manalo.”
Verzosa’s leadership will again be tested on Saturday in a showdown with San Beda University.
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