UAAP Season 82: Babol ready to step out of the shadow of Arado

Mark Escarlote on Feb 07, 2020 04:24 PM
Babol ready to step out of the shadow of Arado
University of the East Lady Warriors sophomore Jasckin Babol will try to fill the shoes left by accomplished libero Kath Arado. (Photo: Arvin Lim)

Taking over the role of accomplished libero Kath Arado could be quite of a challenge for youthful Jasckin Babol.

But the University of the East sophomore embraces the tall task of leading the floor defense of the Lady Warriors come the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament.    

“Sabi ni coach ‘wag lang talaga akong ma-pressure sa position ko sa court kasi mabigat din,” said the 19-year old marketing management student-athlete. “Sabi niya sa akin na, ‘Wag mong isipin na pressure si Kath sa’yo. I-challenge mo lang ang sarili mo na gawin mo ang best mo, gawin mo ang laro mo.’”

Babol, who saw limited minutes as a reliever for Arado in her rookie year, admitted that she’s still getting a good grasp of taking over the starting role of last year’s Best Libero.  

“Siguro hindi pa po sapat ang experience kasi short period of time lang naman ‘yung pasok ko sa court last season,” she said.

But for the 5-foot-2 libero, seeing action last year, albeit briefly, gave her the valuable experience as she plunges into the collegiate wars as a starter.

“Pero na-feel ko ang kaba siguro as a first-timer, yung pressure, yung bigat sa loob as a UAAP player,” said Babol. “Sa training sinasanay ko na ang sarili ko na parating may ganoon para kung maglaro na, masanay na. Masanay na ang sarili mo sa crowd, sa coaches at saka sa kasama.”

Head coach Karl Dimaculangan said that last year served as a transition period for Babol. Although he knew that Babol won’t get significant playing time, they wanted her to be ready as Arado’s heir-apparent.

“Expected din naman. Last year noong rookie siya ni-line-up na talaga kasi yun na ang transition period eh. Ini-expect naman niya ang role na papalitan,” said Dimaculangan.

“Hindi naman namin siya pini-pressure,” he added. “Hindi ko naman sila kini-compare kasi may sariling style din naman siya. Kung ano ang capacity nila from there dun na lang naga-adjust.”    

Babol also acknowledges that she has to work doubly hard to polish her skill set to help the Lady Warriors, who are off to an uphill climb this year after the departure of Arado, Season 81 Best Setter Lai Bendong, all-around player Judith Abil and skipper Roselle Baliton.

“Kailangan kong mag-double time sa pagkukulang ko like sa skills,” said Babol, who was personally recommended by Arado to UE as her replacement being teammates back in Iligan National High School. “Like sa drop ball, kailangan kong mag-overload sa drop ball kundi sa service. Kailangan ko talagang mag-training para mapunan ko yung nawala sa team namin.”

The libero, who idolizes former Ateneo libero Denden Lazaro, has her reasons why she specifically wanted to sharpen her skills in service reception and reading drop balls.   

“Mas pabor po sa akin ang digging. Kasi noong high school po ako, yung dig po ang mas pina-ano sa akin na training kasi ‘yung isang libero mas ano sa service receive,” she explained.

And just like her predecessor, Babol wants to help change the people’s perception of the Lady Warriors.  

“We are aiming for Top 4 po this season. Siguro pahinay-hinay na iaangat ang UE," said Babol. “Gusto po naming magbago ang mindset ng tao 'pag sinabing UE.”

 

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