Parang nagiging ka-level ko siya -- Nabor on Morado

Mark Escarlote on Feb 08, 2017 08:46 PM
Parang nagiging ka-level ko siya -- Nabor on Morado
Nakakadagdag motivation po na Best Setter (si Jia Morado) parati tapos ngayon parang nagiging ka-level ko siya sa laro -- NU playmaker Jasmine Nabor

National University's Jasmine Nabor is just on her first year as a setter for the Lady Bulldogs.

Yet the sophomore is now slowly making a name for herself as the missing piece for NU, which for years has struggled to find the right setter to maximize their hitters and 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago.

On Wednesday, she held her own against multi-awarded setter Jia Morado of the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles in NU’s 25-17, 25-13, 19-25, 29-27, win in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan that put the Lady Bulldogs at solo lead with 2-0 record.     

The 18-year-old Nabor even outplayed Morado, the Season 77 Best Setter, in their first head-to-head match as setters in the league.

Nabor, who was converted into a setter from a hitter, had 43 excellent sets with eight points including the match-clinching kill block on Michelle Morente.     

She had three more excellent sets compared to Morado, who defeated her as Best Setter during the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference that NU ruled for the second straight year.  

“Para sa akin siyempre natutuwa po ako (na mas maganda ang nalaro ko) pero hindi po ako nagpo-focus doon kasi ang gusto ko as a team po kaming aangat, hindi yung isa-isa lang,” said Nabor.

“Pero siyempre nakakadagdag motivation po na Best Setter (si Jia) parati tapos ngayon parang nagiging ka-level ko siya sa laro,” she added.

The win not only put NU on top of the heap with a perfect 2-0 win-loss slate, it also snapped the Lady Bulldogs’ six-game UAAP head-to-head losing streak to Ateneo which started back in Season 76 stepladder semifinals. 

“Last year hindi namin sila natalo tapos hanggang V-League lang (kami nananalo sa Ateneo),” said Nabor, whose squad swept Ateneo in the V-League Collegiate Conference Finals. “Ngayon gusto po naming patunayan na kaya namin silang matalo kasi ibang-iba na kami maglaro.”

The Lady Bulldogs take on the listless Adamson Lady Falcons on Sunday.




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