Setter Perez 'definite' bench player, according to NU coach
Mark Escarlote on Jan 21, 2016 06:57 PM
Definitely hindi si Ivy ang first setter ko, definite ‘yun -- NU coach Roger Gorayeb
Even on her final year and after winning a citation for her role in her club team’s championship run, playmaker Ivy Perez won’t be a part of National University’s first six as far as head coach Roger Gorayeb is concerned heading to the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
“Definitely hindi si Ivy ang first setter ko, definite ‘yun,” said Gorayeb, who is on his second year with the Lady Bulldogs after replacing Dong Dela Cruz midway in Season 77.
The 20-year-old fifth year player was relegated to a reserve role last season when Gorayeb assumed the positon. The mentor opted to field Jocelyn Soliven as his starting playmaker with Perez riding the bench most of the time.
Even after a disappointing outing in the UAAP, the 5-foot-8, Batangas City native still landed a spot in the Philippine Superliga after Petron tapped her as 12th overall pick in the 2015 Rookie Draft.
The star-studded Lady Blazers won the All-Filipino title via conference sweep. Perez transferred to Foton for the Grand Prix and was named 1st Best Setter ahead of Brazilian playmaker Erica Adachi as the Tornadoes dethroned Petron late last year.
But Gorayeb seemed unimpressed.
Perez was a late addition to the Lady Bulldogs’ lineup as Filipino-Japanese recruit Risa Sato is still completing her residency requirement for NU.
“Magri-residency kasi siya (Sato). Wala kaming magagawa kaya kinumpleto ko na lang sa 14. Tatlo ‘yung setter,” said the former Ateneo de Manila mentor.
“Eh kasi nga kulang ako ng tao. Sagadin mo na tutal isang playing year na lang din siya,” Gorayeb said of Perez. “Gusto ko kasi sa setter madiskarte, dalawa lang naman ang pinagpipilian ko. Basta kung sino na lang madampot ko.”
Sato, who played for Gorayeb in the national team that saw action in the Asian U-23 Championship, was scratched off the roster after NU discovered that she enrolled in a college in Japan for one semester.
This development barred her from joining the team this season as she needed to complete a one-year residency to be eligible to play.
“Kasi ‘yan nu’ng kinukuha ko ‘yan so pumunta rito kaya lang bumalik ng Japan. Hindi nagtuloy parang natakot dahil nga walang (alam) sa English, walang Tagalog. Bumalik pala roon. Tapos bumalik ulit (for U-23) ‘yun pala nag-enroll dun for one sem,” explained Gorayeb, who was then with Ateneo when he recruited Sato back in 2013.
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