UAAP Beach Volleyball: NU rookies dazzle in debut

Danine Cruz on Sep 25, 2018 07:29 PM
UAAP Beach Volleyball: NU rookies dazzle in debut
National University rookies Antonette Landicho and Kly Orillaneda impress in their UAAP debut after a 3-0 record.

National University rookies Antonette Landicho and Kly Orillaneda were not supposed to be the ones representing the Lady Bulldogs for the UAAP Season 80 Beach Volleyball Tournament.

But due to conflicts with the indoor volleyball team, the 18-year-olds were called up late in August to play on the sand court.

"Hindi din po kami dapat ‘yung maglalaro. Sila Ate Roma [Doromal] po [dapat] kaso nagkaconflict po sa indoor," said Landicho who hails from Balayan, Batangas.

Despite the late call-up, the duo has been giving an impressive account of themselves after defeating all of their three opponents so far. First, it was the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 21-11, 21-14. Second, was the UP Lady Maroons, 21-19, 21-10. And their latest victim, the University of the East, 21-16, 21-15.

"Masaya kasi unexpected po na kami maglalaro tapos naka 3-0 pa din," shared Landicho.

Interestingly, this is also Landicho's and Orillaneda's first time to play beach volleyball on a competitive level.

"Si [Antonette] first time, ako po paminsan-minsan sa Cebu," shared Orillaneda.

However, first time jitters were not obvious among these girls. With their apparent chemistry and smart ball placing on the sands, both girls played as if they have been playing together for a long time already. When asked about it, they said it was all about good communication.

"Usap lang po kasi lagi kaming naguusap kung san namin lalagay yung bola like sa dulo dulo, dito, dito," said Landicho.

So far, the only unbeaten teams in the league after three games are NU and defending champions University of Santo Tomas. By Tuesday, October 2, the rookie Lady Bulldogs will face the Tigresses.

"Okay lang po laban lang naman. Tao din naman si Ate Sisi. May skills din naman po siya na wala [siya pero mayroon] sa amin tapos yun na lang yung papakita namin," said the bubbly Orillaneda.

In addition to UST, they will also have to face De La Salle University and Far Eastern University.

Regardless of how tough their itinerary is, Orillaneda has this to say.

"Nothing to lose, everything to gain ganun lang iniisip namin," shared the rookie.

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