NU sophomores Robles, Cagande to miss UAAP Season 82

Mark Escarlote on Jan 29, 2020 03:29 PM
NU sophomores Robles, Cagande to miss UAAP Season 82
National University keeps a positive disposition despite missing the services of Princess Robles and setter Joyme Cagande.

National University will miss the services of leading scorer Princess Robles and setter Joyme Cagande but the Lady Bulldogs remain in high spirits for their campaign in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament.

Robles failed to meet the eligibility requirement in what should be her second year with NU while Cagande sustained a knee injury last month during a tune-up match.

“Nu’ng una talagang siyempre nalungkot kasi ang mindset namin nandoon na papasok na si Joyme ulit. Si Princess, siyempre talagang siya ang nagko-contribute sa team last season,” said incoming sophomore libero Jen Nierva on Wednesday.

“Pero ganoon talaga sa team mayroon talagang nangyayari na mga ganoon na unexpected. Yun lang kailangang ready,” added Nierva.

Robles, who was the sixth leading scorer last year with an average of 13.5 points per game and Season 81 Best Server is still training with the team but will not be able to suit up because of eligibility issues.

“Nagti-training na po siya sa amin,” said Nierva. “For eligibility [hindi siya naka-enroll] but for now enrolled na po siya.”

Meanwhile, Cagande, whose debut was cut short last year because of a left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, was supposed to return this year but she unfortunately suffered another knee injury, this time on her right knee, while playing in a tune-up game against College of St. Benilde.     

“Pero ang good thing naman po ang right nya stronger than her left,” said Nierva. “Nu’ng first injury kasi nya, yung left nya ‘di na siya nakakatayo after ng surgery and after n’ya ma-injure. ‘Yung right nakalakad pa siya, ganoon ang sabi ng doctor niya.”

But despite these early setbacks, NU keeps a positive disposition as the Lady Bulldogs look forward to a better showing this time after just four wins last year.    

“After namin nalaman na hindi sila pwedeng maglaro, move forward kaagad,” said Nierva. “[Inisip namin] kung ano ang next? Ano ang gagawin namin? Ano ang adjustments? After that happy ako na ang coaches namin they know what to do. Kung papaano mapupunan ang wala na mas better pa.”

Making her return is veteran Risa Sato, who missed last season’s action because of academic issues. Sato’s experience will complement promising young middle Ivy Lacsina for a solid Lady Bulldogs frontline.

NU will also introduce Congolese 6-foot-2 open spiker Margot Mutshima Kabasu and new starting setter rookie Renee Mabilangan.

The Lady Bulldogs finished in sixth place last season with a 4 - 10 card. 

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