MANILA, Philippines — With a giant goal on their backs as defending champions, Thea Gagate and the De La Salle Woman Spikers are decided to win their second straight title within the UAAP Season 86 girls’s volleyball event, which opens on Saturday at Mall of Asia Area.
All eyes are on the Woman Spikers after regaining their glory final season behind the excellent rookie season of Most Helpful Participant Angel Canino and La Salle assistant coach Noel Orcullo is conscious that it’s more durable to be the hunted than being the hunter.
“That’s what coach retains reminding us that we’re the defending champions and each group needs to beat us. And it’s going to be powerful as a result of we misplaced loads of gamers,” stated Orcullo, who has been coach Ramil De Jesus’ assistant in all their 12 titles, in Filipino. “The entire groups are sturdy.”
After exacting candy revenge on Nationwide College within the finals to finish a five-year title drought, La Salle misplaced the tandem of Jolina Dela Cruz and Mars Alba, who already graduated, and Fifi Sharma and Justine Jazareno after the defensive anchors determined to show professional with the Akari Chargers within the Premier Volleyball League.
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Gagate, a fourth-year center blocker, remained assured that their holdovers, led by Canino, Shevana Laput, Alleiah Malaluan, Julia Coronel, and Amie Provido, might nonetheless defend their throne.
“I accepted the problem and I’ve to indicate to the younger gamers and coaches that the seniors can lead the group contained in the court docket,” stated the two-time UAAP Greatest Center Blocker in Filipino. “This can be a very completely different group with loads of younger gamers so it’s actually about like rebuilding.”
With De Jesus’ system and the younger and proficient roster, the 6-foot-2 Gagate is keen to realize their purpose following a coaching camp in Thailand and ruling the Shakey’s Tremendous League Nationwide Invitationals final 12 months.
“We’re very assured about getting the back-to-back championship and we’ll positively work exhausting for it collectively,” she stated.
Orcullo stated the coaches centered on enhancing their gamers even Canino throughout their preseason build-up to maintain themselves hungry for incomes the crown anew as first runner-up NU and different faculties attempt to dethrone them.
“Our publicity exterior the nation was a giant increase to the group as a result of they skilled Thailand’s stage of play so at the very least they realized the issues that we nonetheless want to handle,” stated the La Salle coach.
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