NU faces former mentor, SSC-R in hunt for share of the lead

Mark Escarlote on Sep 11, 2017 08:43 AM
NU faces former mentor, SSC-R in hunt for share of the lead
Risa Sato and Jaja Santiago will try to lead National University to back-to-back victories.

Nothing personal.

New National University head coach Babes Castillo doesn’t want to put any color in the Lady Bulldogs’ match against San Sebastian College, which is handled by the man he replaced a few months back.

The mentor wants to keep it professional as NU aims to share a slice of the lead in Group A of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Monday.

The Lady Bulldogs and the Roger Gorayeb-mentored Lady Stags march at center court at 6:30 p.m. The duel will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.

“Si coach Roger is a very respectable coach so you don’t want to add more in to that,” said Castillo, deflecting any added drama to the match. 

Castillo, who steered NU high school girls team to a UAAP three-peat, assumed the post when Gorayeb and the rest of his coaching staff resigned after the Lady Bulldogs missed a UAAP Final Four spot for the second straight season.      

NU blew past Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-16, 25-17, 25-21, last week behind veterans Jaja Santiago, Aiko Urdas, Jorelle Singh, Risa Sato and setter Jasmine Nabor to open their campaign.

Far Eastern University sits on top of the bracket with a 2-0 win-loss record.

Urdas, Sato, Singh and Nabor played for Gorayeb in BaliPure, which reigned supreme in the Open Conference after a runner-up finish in the Reinforced Conference. 

“I’m looking forward to it (match) just like how I looked forward sa match against LPU. Equal lang, walang special treatment. Professional lang,” added Castillo.

SSC-R is tied with idle Ateneo de Manila University with 1-1 slate.

The Lady Stags recovered from an opening day setback at the hands of FEU with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 win over Jose Rizal University last Wednesday. 

 

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