UAAP Season 81: Tinake ko siya as a challenge -- Chavez
Mark Escarlote on Feb 23, 2019 06:01 PM
Sa una mahirap po pero kasi parang tinake ko na lang as challenge since ako na lang po talaga ang magsi-set -- Joni Chavez
Joni Chavez gave National University a decent performance in her first tour of duty as setter for the undermanned Lady Bulldogs.
The third year converted playmaker tallied 14 excellent sets in NU’s 25-19, 25-23, 25-19, victory over the more experienced University of the East side on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Chavez, who was originally listed as libero, was switched to a playmaker after rookie setter Joyme Cagande went down with a left knee injury in the Lady Bulldogs’ opening day loss against Far Eastern University.
“Masaya po kasi nanalo nga po kami and first time ko as a setter na maglaro so nakaka-pressure. Pero sabi naman ni coach na wag ko na po isipin ‘yung pressure tapos maglaro lang po ako,” said Chavez, who finished with four points.
The undermanned NU squad is now down to 10 players with Cagande out indefinitely.
“Sa una mahirap po pero kasi parang tinake ko na lang as challenge since ako na lang po talaga ang magsi-set,” Chavez said.
Rookie head coach Norman Miguel felt that the one-week break gave his squad time to adjust with their rotation.
“Definitely, kasi talagang hindi biro talaga ‘yung nangyari last game na ‘yung major key player mo di ba? Tapos magko-convert ka ng isang major position,” said Miguel. “Actually, yung one week na yun medyo kapos-kapos pa siya buti na lang magaling mag-adjust ang mga players.”
NU uncorked 36 spikes with Ivy Lacsina and Robles combining for 21 kills.
“Happy ako kasi nagawa naming manalo sa game na yun,” said Robles, who scored nine points. “Sabi nga ni coach Norman sobrang dami naming pinagdaanan lalo na sa setter namin kasi bago lang si Ate Joni so nag-adjust kami dun.”
Lacsina led the way with 18 points including 14 from attacks while Roselyn Doria and Audrey Paran finished with 12 and 10 markers, respectively.
“Lagi naman pong sinasabi ng mga coaches namin na dapat maging ready po kami sa mga stuggles na puwedeng dumating. Nahirapan po kami mag-adjust noong una pero dahil sa tulong ng mga coaches kaya mas napadali,” said Lacsina.
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