UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Nabor adds new weapon in her arsenal
National University setter Jasmine Nabor has added a new weapon on her arsenal. (File photo)
National University setter Jasmine Nabor’s aces against Ateneo de Manila University were not just lucky service winners that landed at the right time to save the Lady Bulldogs.
It’s a weapon Nabor worked hard to develop to help NU in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.
The third-year playmaker unleashed seven aces including three straight in the deciding set to close the Lady Bulldogs’ 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, 15-7, victory over the gritty Lady Eagles Wednesday for their second straight win in as many outings at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Mas pina-focus ako sa service kaysa sa palo,” said Nabor, who finished with 11 points and dished out 29 excellent sets. “Parang dun na lang siguro ako makakakuha ng point.”
Nabor’s aces against Ateneo were already half of her 14 service winners she accumulated last season.
With the NU ahead 12-7 after a scorching scoring spurt that broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth set, Nabor found her touch at the service line. The Lady Bulldogs playmaker locked on the shaky reception of Ateneo rookie libero Dani Ravena as she sent three service missiles that the Lady Eagle failed to control.
“Sa ngayon po target-target talaga,” said Nabor, who on her first year with NU played utility. “Ok na yung mismong target malagay na doon ang serve kasi kahit papaano napapagalaw namin ang kalaban. And bago mag-serve titingin muna kay coach (Babes Castillo) kasi sila ang nagbibigay ng target.”
The win gave NU the solo lead and third straight victory over the Lady Eagles since sweeping Ateneo in their elims meetings last year.
“Siguro po mas tumaas ang confidence (after ng panalo). Siguro mas nagi-improve pa po ang teamwork namin lalo na kapag gitgitan talaga ang laro, malaking tulong talaga. Tapos nanalo pa,” said Nabor. “So may mga kailangan lang po kaming baguhing bad habits na nakasanayan namin.”
NU looks to extend its winning streak to three on Sunday when it crosses paths with University of the East.
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