New coach to steer Lady Bulldogs in bid for back-to-back Collegiate Conference title romp
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 02, 2017 10:51 AM
Presenting the National University Lady Bulldogs with new coach Raymund ‘Babes’ Castillo (fourth from right, standing) and their sponsors: Ms. Alice Eduardo, president and CEO of Sta. Elena Construction & Development Company, and Engr. Mariano T. See Diet, president and CEO of Monolith Construction & Development Corp. Not in photo is six-foot-five Jaja Santiago, who was away at the time competing in the Southeast Asia Games in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Genie Villota)
National University is ready to duplicate its women’s collegiate supremacy in another volleyball event organized by Sports Vision, the Premier Volleyball League.
And the Lady Bulldogs have the extra motivation of playing in the PVL Collegiate Conference under a new but champion coach, architect of the NU high school girls’ three consecutive titles in the UAAP, and with six-foot-five teammate Jaja Santiago.
Rather than feel a sense of uncertainty toward coach Raymund ‘Babes’ Castillo, the Lady Bulldogs, their skills further sharpened by their long exposure in two commercial leagues including the PVL, are, on the contrary, excited for their new mentor.
They have expressed a collective wish for Castillo, who took up Level 2 coaching in Canada, to also transform them into a champion team in their upcoming mother league, the UAAP, which begins January next year.
Unlike their male counterparts, the Lady Bulldogs have yet to win a title in the UAAP which the Bulldogs had ruled two consecutive years before the Ateneo Blue Eagles took over in the next three seasons. They even failed to crash into the Final Four last season much to the disappointment of their fans.
“I wish coach Babes would also make us champions in the UAAP the way he steered the NU girls to three straight wins,” said middle attacker Fil-Japanese Risa Sato in halting Filipino.
After only one training day or two with the new coach, Jorelle Singh said they already felt very familiar with him both as a person and as a coach. “Yes, he has a different training system to which we have easily adapted.”
Castillo said he had introduced a change in the training program, claiming it is not significant enough, though, as to disrupt the system to which the players were used to.
A great player of old, Castillo said, is helping out in the training. He is all thanks to former national player Rustico Camangian for volunteering as one of his three assistant coaches. Camangian currently sits as a director of the NU Sports Academy as well.
The NU Lady Bulldogs lineup: Larnie Marynina Aberin, Joni Anne Kamille Chavez, Roselyn Doria, Roma Joy Doromal, Bia Fatima General, Jasmine Nabor, Audrey Kathryn Paran, Jaja Santiago, Risa Sato, Jorelle Singh, Aiko Sweet Urdas, and Gayle Rose Valdez.
Raymund Castillo, head coach; Aaron Velez, Rustico Camangian and Regine Diego, assistant coaches; Rafael Magno, conditioning coach.
Team manager is Engr. Mariano See Diet.