'UP Ikot' secret to Lady Maroons' success
Mark Escarlote on Feb 19, 2017 06:15 PM
The 'UP Ikot' of the Lady Maroons.
The University of the Philippines players gave the term “UP Ikot” a new meaning.
Fans of the Lady Maroons trooped to watch the UP volleybelles at The Arena in San Juan bearing banners with the famous sign synonymous to the jeepneys plying around the State University’s Diliman campus.
Sophomore Diana Carlos soared for a kill in the fourth set and when her spike connected, the Lady Maroons automatically celebrated the point by running around in one big circle.
The UP girls were having fun the whole game, never mind if they dropped a set for the first time in the 79th UAAP season.
They seemed to be enjoying the game and playing loose compared to their tight approach last year.
“Kasi hindi effective sa amin na kada palo namin wala kaming reaction,” said Carlos, who scored 18 points in the Lady Maroons’ 25-22, 25-22, 29-31, 25-19, win over University of Sto. Tomas Sunday. “Kung saan ang mas effective yun ang gusto ni (coach Jerry Yee).”
The Lady Maroons are the new ‘happy team’ and it translated to four straight wins and a lofty spot on top of the standings – UP’s best start in recent memory.
Carlos explained that they just adopted the celebration style they saw in Japan during their training camp last month.
“Nakuha namin ‘yun sa Japan. Sabi namin effective naman,” Carlos added. “Tumatakbo kami parang nakaka-boost siya ng energy and morale.”
Another sophomore Isa Molde said that they’re enjoying the game better this season compared last year.
“Last year nagi-enjoy naman kami pero iba ‘yung enjoy dito eh. Parang nilalabas na talaga namin siya,” said the Season 78 Rookie of the Year.
“’Yung ikot kasi mas nakakadagdag ng (gana at adrenaline). Effective siya eh,” added Molde, who finished with 14 points. “Siguro kapag masaya ka kapag umiikot-ikot masaya din ‘yung kinalabasan.”
The Lady Maroons and its ‘UP Ikot’ will take on Ateneo’s ‘Happy and heartstrong’ on Sunday.
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