PVL: Alinsunurin sees Bagunas as next Marck Espejo
Yung bata talaga may chance na next to (Marck) Espejo -- NU coach Dante Alinsunurin on prized hitter Bryan Bagunas
Even as National University shifted into full gear to prepare for the UAAP beach volleyball competition just a month from now, top hitter Bryan Bagunas is not letting up in his commitment with the indoor team.
The graduating spiker still finds time to play for the Bulldogs despite his beach volleyball preparation. And he has been very consistent for the Dante Alinsunurin-mentored squad.
In fact, Bagunas, who is looking to defend his UAAP beach volleyball title, is a man on a mission.
Alinsunurin shared that he sees his ace player as the next Marck Espejo.
Espejo, the Ateneo de Manila University star, won five UAAP Most Valuable Player and is considered as this generation’s most talented volleyball stalwart.
“’Yung bata talaga may chance na next to Espejo. Ayoko pigilin yon eh,” said Alinsunurin after the Bulldogs’ 25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24, victory over University of the Philippines in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The high-leaping, hard-hitting national team member Bagunas, who helped NU dethrone Ateneo after its three-year reign in Espejo’s last playing year, scored 22 points with 18 coming off kills while adding 11 excellent receptions for an all-around performance.
“Si Bry kasi sobrang ano, kailangan nu’ng bata eh (na maglaro sa indoor). Ayoko naman pigilin yung ano (gusto) nu’ng bata,” said Alinsurin of his ward, who after leading Philippine Air Force to the throne in the PVL Reinforced Conference at the expense of the Espejo-led Cignal announced that he will take a little rest in indoor competition.
But the call of the hardcourt was too much for Bagunas to resist.
“Kaya naman niya eh. Nadidisiplina naman niya sarili niya na kahit nagbi-beach volley sya, nagi-indoor siya pero ‘yung gusto ng bata ayaw ko pigilan eh,” said Alinsunurin.
“Yung ‘huwag ka na maglaro kasi okay ka naman dito’ pero hindi eh, gusto ko mag-grow pa sya,” he added. “Marami pa eh, marami pa sya pwedeng matutunan. Marami pa syang pwedeng gawin sa indoor.”
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