Mas na-excite ako -- Nabor on playing against idol Morado

Mark Escarlote on Jun 30, 2017 09:37 AM
Mas na-excite ako -- Nabor on playing against idol Morado
Makakalaban ko na naman siya and makikita ko na naman maglaro ang idol ko so mas nai-inspire ako -- BaliPure setter Jasmine Nabor on Creamline playmaker Jia Morado

Young BaliPure setter Jasmine Nabor is extra motivated for this coming Premier Volleyball League Open Conference set to begin Saturday.

Nabor is excited not just because of the prospect of the Purest Water Defenders exceeding their runner-up finish last tournament by parading an intact lineup but also for the challenge of facing returning playmaker Jia Morado of Creamline.

One of her toughest rivals in the collegiate ranks, Nabor, who is the Reinforced Conference Best Setter winner, is looking forward to test her mettle once again against Morado.

BaliPure and Creamline will face off in the short round-robin elimination round on Wednesday.

“Nu’ng Reinforced Conference kasi hindi ko ini-expect na magka-award, nagulat na lang ako na ako pala (ang Best Setter winner). Tapos noong nalaman kong si Jia ay maglalaro ulit doon sa Creamline parang na-excite ako ulit,” said Nabor. “Kasi siyempre makakalaban ko na naman siya and makikita ko na naman maglaro ang idol ko so mas nai-inspire ako.”

Morado, who has forgone her last playing year for Ateneo de Manila, signed up for the Cool Smashers to team up with former Lady Eagles teammate Alyssa Valdez.

The ex-Ateneo de Manila playmaker edged Nabor for the position’s recognition in the V-League Collegiate Conference last year. But Nabor and her National University squad defeated the Lady Eagles in the Finals and bagged the Finals Most Valuable Player award.   

Now pitted once again against Morado, Nabor is out to prove that the individual award she received last tournament is no fluke.  

“Siguro dagdag ko rin siya na motivation para maglaro ako ng maayos,” said Nabor, a national youth team standout.

But Nabor doesn’t want put her attention on just claiming an individual citation.

“Siguro kaya ko naman makuha ‘yun (Best Setter award) pero siyempre mas gusto ko naman na mag-champion kami,” she said. “Na makapaglaro kami sa Finals kaysa sa magkaroon ng individual award kasi nonsense naman kasi ‘yun kung ‘di kami makakapasok sa Finals. Mas OK na mag-champion kami.”

The Water Defenders fell two sets short of claiming the crown in the Reinforced Conference series decider against powerhouse Pocari Sweat a few weeks ago in the club's first championship stint. 

With an intact and more matured team, Nabor hopes that they’ll get another title shot.

“Noong Reinforced Conference po kasi parang kaya na naming mag-champion pero may kulang pa sa amin so kailagan i-improve po namin ‘yun para masabing di po tsamba ang pagkakapasok namin sa Finals,” she said.

Nabor boldly declared that the Water Defenders are going all-out to annex the club’s breakthrough title.

“Nakatutok kami ngayon sa championship at hindi sa Finals lang,” she said.

 

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