UAAP: NU's difference-maker wasn't even on the stat sheet
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 14, 2019 09:08 AM
It was after service specialist Bingle Landicho's entry that NU went on a game-winning 7-1 run
National University was a point away from losing a five-set heartbreaker to the University of the Philippines on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Down 10-14 in the decisive set, however, the Lady Bulldogs weren't quitting just yet.
It was at that point that head coach Norman Miguel sent in Bingle Landicho for Gelina Luceno. "Actually, kabado po talaga ako nun, pero walang magagawa, crucial po yun. Nasa isip ko na lang, laban lang, kaya namin 'to," she told reporters post-game.
The service specialist only did her job, making sure the ball was in play as the Lady Maroons were already at match point. "Sabi ko po sa sarili ko, tapang lang, lakas lang ng loob. Tapos sabi naman nila sa akin, tiwala lang sa sarili," she shared.
She then continued, "Basta ipasok ko lang yung serve, papasa sila, papalo sila."
Slowly but surely, NU made its way back on level ground with UP, 14-all, and then Ivy Lacsina even put the former on top of the latter.
Isa Molde stopped the bleeding for the Lady Maroons, but then Lacsina connived with Gelina Luceno for back-to-back kills that ended the match.
In the end, Landicho’s name didn’t even appear on the stat sheet.
Still, it was after her entry that the Lady Bulldogs went on what proved to be the pivotal 7-1 push that scored for them their second win in six games. "Masaya po ako kasi pagpasok ko, parang nagbago yung game nila. Naghahabol kami nun tapos isa na lang yung kalaban so masaya po ako na ginanahan naman sila [NU] kahit papaano pagpasok ko," she said.
With that, the 19-year-old made a little bit of a name for herself - even though she was nowhere to be found on the stat sheet.
And she only vows to remain ready and raring whenever coach Norman calls her name once more. "Oo naman po. Tanggap na tanggap ko yung ganung role," she said.
In that light, it may be only a matter of time before she opens many more eyes.
After all, she already has a pretty fun name to get her going.
Asked about the origins of her nickname "Bingle," Mary Antonette Landicho answered, "Sa lola ko po. Sabi po niya, para raw unique."
She continued through chuckles, '''Di ko rin po alam sa kanila. Pero yun na po palayaw ko ever since bata."
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