UAAP Season 81: Robles credits weight loss in impressive performance
Mark Escarlote on Feb 27, 2019 08:00 PM
Sobrang laking tulong po talaga na nabawasan ang timbang ko kasi ‘yun po ang problema ko -- Princess Robles
Shedding a significant amount of pounds during the offseason, according to National University rookie Princess Robles, did wonders to help her deliver the goods for the Lady Bulldogs in her debut season in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
The high-flying, power-hitting open hitter said that her dedication in training helped her cut around 20 pounds to be battle ready when the Lady Bulldogs march into action.
“Sobrang laking tulong po talaga na nabawasan ang timbang ko kasi ‘yun po ang problema ko,” said the 5-foot-4 hitter, who is doing 130-kilo box squat during training. “Di naman ako nagbabawas ng kain pero binabawi ko lang sa training.”
Robles listed her collegiate career-high 18 points in a lost cause, 10-25, 25-20, 25-27, 22-25, Wednesday against three-time defending champion De La Salle University at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Ilongga hitter hammered 17 kills and added 18 excellent receptions to showcase her all-around play.
In spite of their loss that brought the Lady Bulldogs to 1-2 slate tied with University of the East and Far Eastern University, Robles felt that their performance gave the rookie-laden NU squad a morale-boost heading into their next games.
“Importante po sa akin ‘yun. Sobrang sarap sa feeling po. Parang nahihikayat ko rin po ang teammates ko na mag-step up kaming lahat para maging ready kami sa next game,” said Robles.
The UAAP Season 79 high school Finals MVP, who is averaging 13.3 points per game, added that she’s slowly making a good connection with the sets of Joni Chavez, who was converted as playmaker from her original libero spot after rookie Joyme Cagande sustained a left knee injury.
“Nu’ng last game kasi po sobrang grabe ang adjust ko. Noong nag-training po kami ulit, nag-work talaga ang connection namin ni Ate Joni at na-apply talaga namin kanina,” she said.
The Lady Bulldogs will take on listless Adamson University on Sunday.
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