Na-shock kami -- NU setter Vince Mangulabnan

Mark Escarlote on Feb 27, 2016 01:38 PM
Na-shock kami -- NU setter Vince Mangulabnan
Siguro ngayon na-shock lang kami at nabulaga lang kami --- NU playmaker Vince Mangulabnan

National University did everything to prepare for war against Ateneo de Manila.

The Bulldogs just couldn’t find the confidence to execute their game plan. 

“Siguro ngayon na-shock lang kami at nabulaga lang kami,” said veteran setter Vince Mangulabnan.

The rematch of last year’s Finals series turned into a rout with the repeat-seeking Blue Eagles whipping NU, 25-19, 25-15, 25-15, Saturday to close their campaign in the first round of the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.      

No player on the Bulldogs side scored in double figures and showed little resistance against the team that dethroned them in two games last season.

“Siguro nangyari kanina, sabi nga nina coach (Dante Alinsunurin), na nag-doubt kami sa sarili namin e. Nag-doubt bawat isa pero hindi naman kami nagkulang sa pag-aaral sa kalaban at sa training. Maganda naman ang inensayo namin,” added the graduating Mangulabnan, who skipped one day of training last Thursday to attend to his grandfather’s funeral in Batangas.

“Ako hindi ako nakapag-ensayo ng isang araw kasi nga namatay ang lolo ko pero hindi naman siguro makakaapekto ‘yun kasi nag-eensayo naman kami and alam naman namin ang gagawin,” he added.

The Bulldogs gave away 29 points off errors and were behind in kill blocks 4-6 despite parading a taller lineup to absorb their second loss in six starts.

“Siguro kanina nag-doubt lang talaga kami sa sarili namin na alam namin ang gagawin namin pero hindi kami makagalaw,” Mangulabnan continued. “Siguro ‘yung iba first time lang kasi naglaro dito sa Araneta, baka ‘yung ambience din dito.”

The NU skipper, who had 14 excellent sets, said that they knew what the Blue Eagles will do but they just can’t execute.  

“Wala naman, expected naman namin na ganoon ang gagalawin nila kasi ganoon ang pinag-aralan namin e. Lahat ng games (ng Ateneo) pinanood namin, napag-isa-isa namin and ganoon ang lumabas. Siguro naging stiff lang talaga kami sa katawan namin,” he said. “Hindi kami gumalaw kasi nga once na nag-doubt ka sa sarili mo mahirap ng magtiwala e.”

Compared to Ateneo’s intact championship core, NU lost most of its veterans from last year’s roster. 

Mangulabnan pointed out that his young teammates may have been intimidated facing an experienced team led by power-hitting back-to-back Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo, who pounded NU with 15 points including 10 attacks.

“Siguro may possibility na kasi nga mga bata pa nga tapos ang kalaban nila mas ahead sa kanila as in sa experience lamang pero hindi ko alam kasi parang hindi naman reason ‘yun, said Mangulabnan. “Kasi sabi nga mga coaches ko na pare-parehas naman tayong nag-eensayo, pare-parehas na nag-aaral at naglalaro. Siguro nasa kompiyansa na ‘yun at tiwala sa sarili.”

The Bulldogs will end their first round campaign against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.

“Malaki pa rin ang tiwala ko na makakabawi kami,” he said.

 

 

 

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