Sobrang proud (ako) of Jules -- Maraguinot
Mark Escarlote on Apr 08, 2017 08:52 PM
Funny kasi nu’ng magi-start ang game when I was giving her instructions, niyayakap niya ako tapos sabi niya, ‘Ate Jho, Ate Jho.’ Sabi ko relax ka lang kaya mo ‘yan -- Jho Maraguinot on Jules Samonte
Ateneo de Manila University top hitter Jho Maraguinot was all praises for rookie Jules Samonte.
The third-year player admired the freshman for holding her own against the Lady Eagles’ archrival, defending champion De La Salle University Saturday as Ateneo completed a sweep of the Lady Spikers in their 79th UAAP women’s volleyball elimination round head-to-head.
Samonte filled in the scoring void left by Maraguinot, who was rested because of a nagging right knee injury, as the 18-year-old open hitter finished with 10 points in Ateneo’s 12-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19, victory that earned the Lady Eagles the Final Four top spot.
“Sobrang proud (ako) of Jules,” said Maraguinot, who missed her second match after skipping Ateneo’s sweep of University of the East a week ago.
Samonte, a recruit from De La Salle Zobel high school, smashed nine kills from 17 attack attempts to help the Katipunan-based squad close the elims with a 12-2 win-loss record.
The twice-to-beat Ateneo will face no. 4 seed Far Eastern University on April 23.
Samonte admitted that she didn’t expect to be given that much playing time. She came in as a reserve in the opening frame before starting in the next three.
“I actually didn't know that I was gonna play. I didn't expect it, but then, coach Tai (Bundit) prepared all of us naman to play,” said Samonte, who was a middle during high school.
Maraguinot said that she gave Samonte a few pointers before the game.
“Funny kasi nu’ng magi-start ang game when I was giving her instructions, niyayakap niya ako tapos sabi niya, ‘Ate Jho, Ate Jho.’ Sabi ko relax ka lang kaya mo ‘yan,” Maraguinot said. “Makinig ka lang sa sasabihin ko. She delivered well and I’m so proud of her.”
“She really gave me a lot of tips that really helped me play well,” a very thankful Samonte said.
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