NU finds silver lining to a silver finish
The National University Women’s Volleyball Team clinched the silver medal after another close five-setter match against DLSU in the UAAP Season 85 Finals Game 2, 25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 17-25, 15-10, May 14, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.
Setting their eyes for the supposed back-to-back championship campaign, the Lady Bulldogs spiced up the first two sets with offensive hits, paving the way for Aly Solomon to achieve a career-high of 34 points, giving DLSU a tough ride this season.
“Proud pa rin, kasi nakita ko yung teammates ko na talagang nilaban nila yung game,” said NU’s opposite hitter Aly Solomon as she expressed how pleased she is towards the team giving it their all to fight and win the match.
Former Rookie-MVP Mhicaela Belen pitched in 11 points from 10 hits and 1 block while rookie Vangie Alinsug came up with 7 points and 12 excellent receptions.
Meanwhile, Captain Princess Robles and seniors Joyme Cagande, and Jen Nierva ended their UAAP journey with pride as they enter the next chapter of their respective careers.
“We’ve been through so much this season, and I am so proud [of my teammates] kasi hindi sila quitters,” said the graduating libero, Jen Nierva. “It is more than just winning the championship. It is about ‘yung relationship na na-build namin together and at the same time kung paano din kami umangat sa pagkakatalo namin nung start ng season,” she shared.
She also mentioned that this ‘rollercoaster’ experience is what gave her the chance to know the team better while the Lady Bulldogs’ head coach Karl Dimaculangan stated that this is just another opportunity for them to improve next season as they take all this year’s learnings and return stronger in the upcoming series.
The seniors expressed that this gave them a good exit and that this is just the beginning for National U.