UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: UE Lady Warriors
Mark Escarlote on Jan 26, 2018 02:51 PM
Ang kailangan namin ‘yung ma-overcome namin ‘yung nandun kami sa ibaba -- UE head coach Francis Vicente
Key holdovers: Shaya Adorador, Roselle Baliton, Kat Arado, Judith Abil
Key losses: Jasmine Alcayde, Angelica Dacaymat
After another dismal outing last season, the University of the East has nowhere to go but up this UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.
Head coach Francis Vicente has a modest goal for the Lady Warriors: a higher finish than their seventh place ranking last year and more wins.
The Lady Red Warriors recorded only two victories in five years, one each in Seasons 78 and 79.
“Ang kailangan namin ‘yung ma-overcome namin ‘yung nandun kami sa ibaba,” said Vicente, a multi-titled high school coach still searching for his first collegiate crown.
Vicente, now on his fourth season win UE, sets the team’s goal to move a few ranks higher in the last season of his top spiker Shaya Adorador.
“(Ang goal) iangat namin ng mga at least dalawang ranks. Basta kailangan going up lagi,” said Vicente, also the head coach of the Philippine national women’s volleyball team. “’Yun ‘yung target namin.”
“‘Yung pag go-up mo dadating ‘yun dun sa gusto ng tao, ‘yung Final Four, kesa naman ‘yung ine-aim lang namin ‘yun mindset lang,” he added. “Kailangan may target din kaming rank, paunti-unti every year.”
Adorador will be on her last year wearing the red and white but won’t have her batch mates Jasmine Alcayde and Angelica Dacaymat by her side on her swan song.
According to Vicente Alcayde sustained an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury while Dacaymat is busy with her on the job training and could not commit to the team.
To fill in the void, Vicente tapped new recruits and players from UE’s Team B in 5-foot-11 Isabelle Camama, 5-foot-11 middle Erika Lopez, 6-foot-2 Remcel Santos and Mia Manabat.
Six-foot-1 Roselle Baliton will again take the role of setter while other key returnees are Season 77 Rookie of the Year Kat Arado, Judith Abil, Me-Ann Mendrez and Seth Rodriguez.
As part of their preparations, the Lady Warriors joined the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference during the offseason under the Cherrylume banner while Adorador, Baliton and Arado played for Generika-Ayala.
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