Kinabahan at masyado kaming na-excite sa game -- Santiago
Mark Escarlote on Feb 04, 2017 05:58 PM
Naging kumpiyansa masyado ‘yung bawat isa (sa amin) -- Jaja Santiago
Too excited and too tight.
This is how Jaja Santiago described National University’s opening game in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball competition Saturday.
The Lady Bulldogs experienced quite a scare from the upset-conscious University of the East, trailing early in the match before finding their groove just in time to survive a four-set test, 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-13, at the Big Dome.
“Tingin ko kinabahan at masyadong na-excite sa game,” said the 6-foot-5 Santiago, who struggled in the first stretch of the duel. “Saka ‘yung kumpiyansa naging kumpiyansa masyado ‘yung bawat isa (sa amin).”
Santiago also gave credit to the Lady Warriors’ gallant stand.
UE, which last won against NU back in Season 74, shocked the Lady Bulldogs by controlling the opening set early and building a 19-11 lead.
“Tingin ko malaking epekto ‘yung character nung UE nung first set kaya nagkaganun,” said Santiago, who scored 21 points with 14 coming off attacks. “Hindi naman namin in-underestimate (ang UE). Alam namin na nag-improve sila at lalaban at lalaban sila at gusto rin nila manalo. Siguro medyo naexcite lang yung bawat isa tsaka masyadong nag-relax.”
NU equalized in the second set before the Lady Bulldogs again found themselves in trouble in the third frame after trailing 16-19 before erasing it with a closing 9-1 rally to steal the set.
With NU already in control, the Lady Bulldogs buried the Lady Warriors by 10 points, 22-12, in the fourth to survive an upset scare.
The Lady Bulldogs will face Ateneo, which NU defeated in the V-League Collegiate Conference Finals, on Wednesday.
“Ang Ateneo tingin ko same malakas pa rin sila magiging mahirap para sa amin pero syempre lalaban at lalaban kami,” said the fourth year middle hitter. “Hindi naman kami ganun na bibigay sa kanila, syempre kami willing din kami manalo. So mas tatrabahuhin na kami ng mas maigi at pupunuan namin ‘yung mga kulang namin sa araw na ‘to.”
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