NU hoping to bring back its confidence in game against UE
Mark Escarlote on Mar 12, 2016 08:43 PM
Myla Pablo and her National University crew battle University of the East for a chance to regain the confidence they lost after dropping four of its last five games.
Embattled National University tests its character on Sunday against a team down on morale and plagued by a 54-game losing slump.
Struggling to find the right chemistry, confidence and form, the Lady Bulldogs take on the University of the East Lady Warriors to get back on the winning track in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Opening spike is slated at 2:00 p.m. and will air live over ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166, ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap.
NU during the pre-season is considered to be one of the top contenders to challenge the back-to-back champions Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles. However, the 12th V-League titlists were far from the sharp-toothed Lady Bulldogs that defeated the Lady Eagles for the amateur volleyball tournament’s Collegiate Conference.
The Roger Gorayeb-mentored squad dropped four of its last five games to slide out of the top four with a 4-5 win-loss record at fifth spot.
With Myla Pablo and Jorelle Singh silenced to a combined 14 points and only Jaja Santiago scoring in double figures with 12, NU was no match in their eliminations rematch with Ateneo last Wednesday in an 82-minute duel that saw the Lady Eagles halt a two-game skid, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19.
Despite his team’s woes, Gorayeb remain hopeful that they can still turn their season around and its should start with them duplicating their mastery over the Lady Warriors.
"Still may mga chances pa naman eh na dapat hindi na namin aksayahin. Actually ayaw na namin na madidiin pa kami rito. I just want them to play the way I wanted them to play," said Gorayeb.
UE is winless in nine games and are coming off a 13-25, 18-25, 21-25, loss to Far Eastern University last Wednesday.
The Lady Warriors’ last win was against the Lady Bulldogs back in the second round of Season 74.
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