UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Cobb has ice in her veins

Mark Escarlote on Feb 10, 2018 09:06 PM
'Yun lang palagi yung iniisip ko, na composed ako -- Cobb
De La Salle University setter Michelle Cobb has ice in her veins and she just proved it with her three pressure-packed, match-clinching service aces against University of the Philippines.

As if filling in the shoes of veteran setter Kim Fajardo was not enough pressure for playmaker Michelle Cobb, the De La Salle University sophomore’s nerves and composure were tested Saturday.

With the Lady Spikers trailing University of the Philippines, 23-24, in the third set, the fate of the grand slam-seeking DLSU was put in the hands of Cobb standing at the service line.

Cobb, seemingly with ice in her veins, nailed three straight service aces to complete the Lady Spikers’ 25-21, 25-22, 26-24, win that pushed DLSU to a share of the lead with National University in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.      

“Hindi ako makahinga, pero grabe, inisip ko lang talaga kasi parang yung mukha ni coach Ramil (de Jesus) sa labas na ipasok mo lang, tiwala lang sa sarili,” said Cobb.

“As in sabi nya sa akin na puso at isipan yung kailangang mag-dominate, kailangan palagi,” added the 18-year old setter, who will turn 19 on February 16. “Yun lang palagi yung iniisip ko, na composed ako, one point at a time, and then go from there.”

Cobb highlighted her 10-point outing with seven of the Lady Spikers 16 service aces.

She tallied 32 excellent sets that helped the Taft-based squad hammer 35 attack points.

“Pinanghahawakan ko na they trust me and na ayoko yun sayangin,” she said. “Syempre as a setter ikaw ‘yung aasahan ng team kasi ikaw ‘yung magdi-distribute, so the trust they give me, I don’t want to waste it.”

De Jesus was all praises for his playmaker’s composure despite the shaky start of DLSU in each of the sets. In fact, the Lady Spikers trailed the Lady Maroons, 10-17, to open the third frame and were down 21-24 before making the closing run.   

“Well first set sabi ko lahat naman nakaka-experience ‘yung medyo kabahan kapag first set and kapag na overcome mo na ‘yun kalmado ka na sa second set and then sa third set ganoon din,” said De Jesus. “Sabi ko sa kanya diskarte lang at pilitin mo lang makita ang ginagawa ng blockers ng kabila bago ka mag-set ng bola. ‘Yun lang ang sabi ko sa kanya, ang advise (ko sa kanya). Sa umpisa medyo tense eh, kinalma ko lang.”

Still, Cobb knew that there are more for her to learn.

“Ang dami ko pang matututunan, ang dami ko pang situations na pagdadaanan, and I think yun talaga yung magde-define kung gaano ka ka-mature as a player,” she said. “Now, two games in pa lang naman this season, so I don’t think I’m mature [enough].”

 

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