UAAP Season 81: Bawal kaming matalo dito, hindi puwede -- Jolina Dela Cruz

Mark Escarlote on Apr 13, 2019 08:56 PM
Bawal kaming matalo dito, hindi puwede -- Jolina Dela Cruz
Habang naglalaro kami nandoon po yung pride namin na bawal kaming matalo dito, hindi puwede -- Jolina Dela Cruz (no. 8)

It’s all about school pride.

Just like the rest of the three-time defending champion De La Salle University, rookie Jolina Dela Cruz was surprised with their cakewalk of a win over archrival Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.

But this is a rivalry game and the only thing that matters is winning.  

“Kanina po siguro na-feel po namin ‘yung pride po talaga,” said Dela Cruz following the Lady Spikers’ 25-17, 25-13, 25-23, win over the Lady Eagles to book their 11th straight Final Four appearance.

DLSU completed its head-to-head elimination round sweep of Ateneo for a 9-3 win-loss record. The Lady Spikers won their sixth straight duel with the Lady Eagles since the Finals of Season 79.      

“‘Yun nga po sabi ni coach na hindi po namin ini-expect na matatapos siya ng tatlong set lang,” said Dela Cruz, who led the way for the Taft-bsed squad with 14 points. “Habang naglalaro kami nandoon po yung pride namin na bawal kaming matalo dito, hindi puwede.”

Dela Cruz, who had 11 markers in her debut in a four-set win against Ateneo, made head coach Ramil De Jesus smile not just because of her great performance but also for her heart-warming postgame interview.   

 “Kay coach po kasi sa training talaga nakikita namin ang pagod din ni coach,” she said. “Yung pagod ni coach umaga hanggang gabi nandoon siya. Siyempre po mapapagod din kami sa training pero ‘yung nagtuturo napapagod din so para kay coach ‘to.”

 

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