UAAP 81: Different UE team gives favored UP worthy challenge

Paul Lintag on Feb 16, 2019 05:45 PM
UAAP 81: Different UE team gives favored UP worthy challenge
UE’s breakthough win wouldn’t come Saturday though as the Lady Maroons, winners of two preseason champions and were clearly the favorites entering the game, narrowly escaped an upset in five.

Yep, this is a different UE Lady Warriors team.

As if it wasn’t obvious enough, the Lady Warriors made sure to remind everyone that they’re no longer pushovers, pushing preseason favorite UP to five full sets Saturday at the San Juan Arena to open the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.

Not only did UE push the Lady Maroons to the limit, the Lady Warriors also actually led the game two sets to one.

UE’s breakthough win wouldn’t come Saturday though as the Lady Maroons, winners of two preseason champions and were clearly the favorites entering the game, narrowly escaped an upset in five.

“Malaking bagay samin yun [five sets], nakaka-taba ng puso,” libero Kath Arado said.

“Kasi yun nga, marami ako nakikita sa social media na straight sets kami, never ko nakita na lalaban ang UE. So malaking bagay to. Sayang man but at the same time, confident pa rin kami,” she added.

After going through seasons of winless campaigns, the Lady Warriors have come out as a veteran, mature group.

However, execution late in sets remain a weak spot for UE and the Lady Warriors are aware that that’s something they need to polish moving forward.

“Kinapos talaga kami sa dulo,” Arado said.

“Labanan ng maturity talaga, nandoon na yung maturity namin kasi nagku-kulang kami na kumbaga sa UP, ang smooth ng galaw nila. Yun yung trabahuhin namin, yung buo talaga [late in games],” she added.

 

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