UAAP Season 81 Rookie Profile: Princess Robles

Anton Roxas on Mar 16, 2019 01:36 PM
UAAP Season 81 Rookie Profile: Princess Robles
“Naniniwala po ako na kaya namin. Kasi lahat po kami, palaban talaga eh. Syempre, champion team kami nung high school at nandoon pa rin yung pride namin lumaban para sa school.” - Princess Robles

It’s one of the most common questions you hear from fitness enthusiasts: How much do you bench?

Ask NU rookie Princess Robles, and she will tell you how much she can lift on the squat rack – a more functional tool for volleyball players.

The 19-year old Robles, who stands at 5’3”, can squat 160 kilograms. That’s equivalent to 352.74 pounds. Basically, she can lift Shaquille O’Neal.

That explains why Robles is able to fly through the air and break down a wall of three blockers at the top of the net. Her strength has allowed her to average 13.8 points per match so far in UAAP Season 81. She may have not been one of the most talked about newcomers in this talented rookie batch, but her presence and impact on the court has now garnered attention among her peers and fans.

Robles hails from Iloilo City. She initially played lawn tennis because of the influence of her older sister, Julie Anne. But, one day, the coach at Sto. Niňo Sur Elementary School asked her to try-out for the volleyball team and she was immediately hooked. In the 5th grade, Robles participated in the Palarong Pambansa representing Western Visayas with Hannah Infante who now plays for Adamson. Her biggest break came during the 2015 Unigames held in her hometown of Iloilo when she was discovered by former NU head coach Dong Dela Cruz.

“Niyaya ako ni Coach Dong na magsabay ng training sa kanila. Tapos, rinecommend niya ako sa High School ng NU. Noong nag-Palarong Pambansa ako sa Albay nung Grade 10 na ako, sabi ko, ‘lilipat nalang ako ng Grade 11 sa NU’,” recalled Robles.

In her lone UAAP Girls tournament, Robles was able to help NU win the Season 79 Championship, which was the third of four straight titles won the by the school from 2014 to 2017. Robles’ high school teammates who have joined her in moving up to the Women’s division are Joyme Cagande, Jennifer Nierva, Ivy Lacsina and Elaine Cloza.

She believes that by staying put in Sampaloc, Manila, they will be able to carry their winning tradition to the collegiate ranks.

“Naniniwala po ako na kaya namin. Kasi lahat po kami, palaban talaga eh. Syempre, champion team kami nung high school at nandoon pa rin yung pride namin lumaban para sa school,” said Robles.

Although the current NU roster consists of 8 players who are only 19 years old, the Lady Bulldogs have shown a lot of grit and determination, especially in their latest five set victory over UP last Wednesday, March 13.

New UAAP Analyst and UAAP Legend Alyssa Valdez said it best. “Watching NU… they’re there. They just need to learn how to finish games.”

These young girls have just started to flex. Imagine how much bigger they will be in the next five years.

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