Kailangan mag-function ako para makalaro ang team -- Morado
Mark Escarlote on Mar 11, 2017 07:26 PM
Volleyball is a team sport nga parang lahat kami may kanya-kanyang role so kailangan mag-function ako as setter para makalaro ang team -- Ateneo setter Jia Morado (File photo)
Veteran setter Jia Morado proved once again that she’s Ateneo de Manila’s most important weapon in its campaign to reclaim the crown in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
The playmaker made the Lady Eagles hitters look good with superb setups as Ateneo easily dismantled the skidding University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-14, 25-15, Saturday for its sixth straight win at the Big Dome.
Morado dished out 38 excellent sets that helped the Lady Eagles pound 44 attack points on their way to improving their record to 7-1 on top of the heap.
Morado, who also scored five points with two coming off the service line, drew praises from Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses, who himself was a former setter for the Adamson Falcons back in early 2000s.
“Siyempre meron talagang mga players na pinanganak na ganoon eh,” he said. “Totoo, kasi noong nag-aaral din ako hindi naman ako ganoon kagaling kasi ‘yung instinct ng setter talaga iba ang kay Jia. Nakikita ko talaga kahit pangit ang receive kaya niyang pagandahin eh so ‘yun ‘yung may instinct siya talaga.”
Morado after the first round of eliminations led the Best Setter race with an average of 13.32 excellent sets per frame. She also topped the service department with 0.76 aces per set average.
Against UP, Morado was able to create scoring opportunities despite Ateneo having only 21 receptions.
“Siguro I’ve been playing volleyball for a long time siguro nasa experience na ‘yun,” said the fourth year player. “Saka at the same time pagdating ng training lahat ng bola na nire-receive ng mga kasama ko, lahat ng bolang nakukuha ng mga teammates ko gagawan ko ng paraan para makapalo naman ang susunod na hahawak ng bola.”
Morado pointed out that Ateneo’s success is really not just because of one person but with the Lady Eagles playing as one cohesive unit.
“Volleyball is a team sport nga parang lahat kami may kanya-kanyang role so kailangan mag-function ako as setter para makalaro ang team,” she said. “Pero siyempre hindi rin ako makaka-function kung hindi gagawin ng iba ang trabaho nila.”
“So as much as possible lahat kami nagtutulungan,” Morado added.
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