PVL: Maraguinot holds the fort for injured Wong
Mark Escarlote on Aug 17, 2019 03:28 PM
Jaja is playing well naman. Jaja is doing good sa nawawalang posisyon -- Oliver Almadro on sophomore setter Jaja Maraguinot (photo by Arvin Lim).
Ateneo de Manila University head coach Oliver Almadro was all praises for sophomore setter Jaja Maraguinot for filling in the void left by injured veteran playmaker Deanna Wong.
Maraguinot impressed Almadro on Saturday, serving as the catalyst for the Lady Eagles’ fluid offense in their debut in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference.
The setter tallied 24 excellent in Ateneo’s 25-16, 22-25, 25-13, 25-20, win over Letran at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
“Jaja is playing well naman. Jaja is doing good sa nawawalang posisyon,” said Almadro of Maraguinot who filled in for Wong after the setter sustained a stress fracture on her shin following the Lady Eagles’ title conquest in UAAP Season 81.
Maraguinot scored seven points and piloted the Lady Eagles to connecting 49 attacks.
“Nagagawa naman ni Jaja ‘yung gusto ko, but konting adjustment lang naman kasi in terms of defense patterns,” said Almadro.
Wong, who was considered in the U-23 national team that participated in the 2019 Sealect Open in Thailand but had to beg off because of her injury, skipped the PVL tournament to rest and recuperate.
Almadro assured that Wong’s recovery is on track in time for UAAP Season 82 next year.
“Of course, we have to be positive [she’ll make it in time for the UAAP],” he said.
“Sana maging positive ‘yung pag -eal ng injury ni Deanna but I commend Jaja for her hard work and leadership inside the court,” Almadro added.
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