UAAP Volleyball: NU likes to always compete with the best, in this case La Salle
NU Lady Bulldogs head coach Babes Castillo seems to prefer taking the hard way.
NU Lady Bulldogs Coach Babes Castillo is always up for the challenge. And three-peat-seeking De La Salle University seems not to be a hindrance for his goals.
After a roller-coaster of an elimination round, in which his team went 6-1 in the first round and 1-6 in the second, Castillo seems to prefer taking the hard way.
Despite the second round not going their way, the first-year mentor seemed to sense their disastrous second round, but called the challenging games as a redeeming factor for their future games.
"Bago pa lang kami magstart ng UAAP with the status ng team ko, nakita ko na baka nga kapusin ng second round so nangyari nga. I would see it this way, i would see it na maganda yung trinabaho nila noong first round, that was impactful. Nakatulong yun to get us up to the top four."
The Psychology major also mentioned that the girls from Sampaloc's struggle was necessary in order to find value for what they have been seeking in the season, a championship.
The Lady Bulldogs, the fourth and final seed, will be at a twice-to-beat disadvantage against the Lady Spikers starting next weekend at the Mall of Asia Arena. One miss, they're gone, and all of their hard work will end in vain.
However, the multi-titled coach in the girls volleyball circuit seems to like their chances when they face the top-seeded team.
"Yes yes yes. I like that. Always kasi, you always compete with the best. Doon mo lang makikita kung anong meron ka. That is why in that regard, gusto ko 'yun. I like that," the tactician said after the game.
Castillo then praised his next opponents, pointing out their strengths, and adding the strides of improvement the Taft-based squad undertook during the course of the regular season.
"Kasi makikita mo naman, nag-aadjust eh. Ang La Salle, became more consistent eh. Makikita mo yun. Lalo na sa serve. Lalo na sa passing. Everybody in the team ng La Salle can pass. There were things na nakita mong mag-buildup from na first day until the very end. Dapat may ganoon din kami."
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