PVL: Domingo steps up to the challenge
Mark Escarlote on Jul 25, 2018 06:19 PM
Nararamdaman ko naman (ang pressure), pero hindi ganoon totally kabigat. Hindi ko siya tine-take as pressure, kasi 'di naman kami pine-pressure ni coach eh -- Celine Domingo
With Far Eastern University missing the services of Toni Rose Basas and the departure of top hitter Bernadeth Pons after last UAAP season, the Lady Tamaraws needed someone to step up on offense.
Celine Domingo embraced that role with her recent performance for FEU in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference said it all.
The UAAP Season 80 Best Blocker averaged 18 points per game as she led the Lady Tams to an early share of the lead with University of Sto. Tomas with back-to-back wins to open their campaign.
However, instead of feeling pressured on her new role, Domingo treats it as a challenge.
“Nararamdaman ko naman (ang pressure), pero hindi ganoon totally kabigat. Hindi ko siya tine-take as pressure, kasi 'di naman kami pine-pressure ni coach eh,” she said.
Domingo had her scoring prowess in full display Wednesday when she led FEU to a 25-16, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, win over San Beda University.
The incoming sophomore, a transferee from University of the East, posted a personal conference-best 22 points built on 15 attacks, four kill blocks and three aces.
Domingo was the main weapon of the Lady Tams with her quick kills as they dismantle the Lady Red Spikers, who gave FEU a scare after taking the second frame.
“Siguro part kasi 'yun ng game plan namin na i-feed muna sa quickers, para pag binato sa open, magiging madali na para sa spiker na paluin,” said Domingo.
Playing with na slew of newcomers, Domingo provided the maturity and composure as FEU dodged another upset-scare since escaping College of St. Benilde in five sets in their conference opener last Sunday.
“Siguro isa na ding factor 'yung kailangan mag-step up din kami, tapos isa na rin ako sa nakakatanda, ayun po,” added Domingo.
Still, Domingo admitted that she still has a lot to improve on as she prepares for UAAP Season 81.
“Siguro 'yun ano pa rin, 'yung blockings. Siyempre may puhunan na ako doon, kailangan ko lang i-continue and mas mag-improve pa,” she said. “Big thing din 'yun, pag na-block na, wala ng kailangang gawin eh. So 'yun, kailangan ko pa i-improve 'yun.”
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