UAAP FINALS: Hindi sila maka-receive –- NU coach Alinsurin
Mark Escarlote on Apr 28, 2018 05:01 PM
Hindi sila naka-receive, tapos alam namin kung sino ba-block-in eh. Kasi every time na nag-misreceive sila, alam namin kung sino hahanapin ng setter -- NU coach Dante Alinsunurin
More than their solid net defense that stymied the might of Ateneo de Manila University attackers, National University head coach Dante Alinsurin was particularly proud of their service game.
The Bulldogs only had two service aces the whole game but their sharp and heavy serves made life miserable for the Blue Eagles.
It was NU’s most effective weapon that powered the Bulldogs to an emphatic 25-20, 25-19, 25-23, Game 1 win over the three-time defending champion Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball best-of-three Finals at the Big Dome .
“Nagkataon lang kasi talaga na 'yung serve namin, talagang kumarga,” said Alinsurin, who won their first Finals match against the Blue Eagles since Season 76 – the last time NU won title.
The Blue Eagles’ had a troublesome reception game and struggled with the control of the first ball that resulted in poor and limited setting options of Ateneo top playmaker Ish Polvorosa.
Four-time Best Setter Polvorosa, who averaged 9.4 excellent sets per frame in the semis, tallied a season-low 11 excellent sets out of 71 attempts that affected the effectivity of Blue Eagles’ hitters.
With their good service game, the Bulldogs effectively put in check four-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo.
The King Eagle, who averaged 46 points per game in the semis, scored 16 points in a hellish 16-of-44 spiking clip.
“Hindi sila naka-receive, tapos alam namin kung sino ba-block-in eh. Kasi every time na nag-misreceive sila, alam namin kung sino hahanapin ng setter,” said Alinsunurin.
While Ateneo found it difficult to create plays for Espejo, NU was able to set up its net defense.
“Kaya every time na ganoon ang nangyari, sabi ko sa player na kapag may pagkakataon, tatluhin natin (ang blocking). Kaya malaking chance natin na ma-block natin siya,” Alinsunurin said.
Game 2 is on Wednesday.
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