UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Jaja says NU still upbeat after three set loss to DLSU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 10, 2018 08:06 PM
Jaja says NU still upbeat after three set loss to DLSU
Jaja Santiago is nothing but glad to see that NU is well aware of what they need to work on to bounce back

National University is no longer in the league lead in the UAAP 80 Womens Volleyball Tournament.

Blanked by defending champion De La Salle University on Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs now find themselves tied for first place with the Lady Spikers.

Along with that, the squad form Sampaloc and the Taft-based team, the top two contenders thus far in the tournament, are now all even in their head-to-head matchups.

Still, team captain Jaja Santiago said they remain confident about their contention. “Ako, happy naman ako na ‘di down yung team,” she said.

More than that, NU’s middle is glad that there’s a silver lining to their second loss in the season. “Ang sabi ko lang naman sa teammates ko, dapat dito sa game na ‘to, dapat malaman natin kung saan tayo nagkulang,” she shared.

She then continued, “Narinig ko naman yung comments nila and ang maganda, alam namin sa sarili namin kung saan kami nagkulang.”

Santiago went on to mention how they were unable to turn DLSU’s services into attacking opportunities.

The Lady Spikers had 13 aces and the Lady Bulldogs’ non-Santiago and Risa Sato players were unable to breach double-digit scoring. “Marami kaming hindi na-recognize kung anong dapat itama during the game,” the skipper said.

Now, they move forward and turn their attention to fellow contender Ateneo de Manila University a week from now, NU’s leader said they will do nothing but get to work. “Sabi nga ni coach Babes [Castillo], kailangan lang naming i-continue yung hard work namin. Manalo man o matalo, kailangan naming itaas yung standards namin,” she said.

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