UAAP Season 82: NU to unleash new warrior Camposano
Mark Escarlote on Feb 25, 2020 03:47 PM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
Two years removed from UAAP action, Edward Camposano is eagerly waiting to get back on the court and reintroduce himself in Season 82 men’s volleyball tournament.
Although his expected return got pushed back a couple of weeks following the suspension of all second semester events following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it didn’t diminish the fire inside the 23-year old hitter.
Coming in as a new member of the three-peat-seeking National University Bulldogs after transferring from University of the East, Camposano vows to bring the same if not better game and intensity he had during his three years with the Red Warriors.
“Excited na excited po lalo na’t first and last ko sa NU na maglalaro so all-out po talaga,” said Camposano, who had to wait two years to suit up for the Bulldogs. “Lahat ng paghihirap at excitement na makapaglaro pong muli ako [ilalabas ko sa laro].”
Camposano made immediate impact in his first year with UE and even bagged the Season 77 Rookie of the Year. Unfortunately, the open hitter had little support from the cellar-dwelling Red Warriors.
The former national team member parted ways with UE after Season 79 where he averaged 12.9 points per game with 43.10% success rate on attacks and had 0.24 aces per set.
Camposano transferred to NU and completed his one-year residency but chose to sit out Season 81 with just one year left to play.
His decision turned out to be a good one as the Bulldogs will need his scoring prowess to fill in the big shoes left by already graduate reigning Most Valuable Player Bryan Bagunas.
“Pressure po kasi gawa po nang iniwan nila na champion so kailangan din po naming mag-trabaho para makuha ang three-peat,” he said.
Playing under national team coach Dante Alinsunurin, who steered the country to a silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December, and alongside PHI squad members setter Owa Retamar and libero Ricky Marcos, Camposano knows the weight of playing for NU.
And he is ready to do his part in his first and last stint with the Bulldogs.
“Mayroon pong pressure lalo na po’t professional and national coach ang coach namin. Nakaka-pressure lang din po talaga. Basta kung ano ang gustong mangyari nina coach, susunod lang po,” he said.
Come game time, expect nothing less from returning Camposano.
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