Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

NU coach Norman Miguel.–SSL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Nationwide College coach Norman Miguel attributed the rise of their girls’s volleyball program to all of the coaches who labored for the workforce and developed the gamers from highschool to school.

Miguel, who returned to NU this preseason after three years, could have gained his first title with the workforce however the credit score goes to the previous coaches of this system from his teaching workers together with the UAAP Season 84 champion head tactician-turned-deputy Karl Dimaculangan to ex-Girl Bullpups mentor Babes Castillo.

“Truthfully, because the first time I went to NU [in 2019], I actually applaud their volleyball program from the recruitment, the standard of gamers, who had been skilled by coach Babes and different coaches. I all the time admire them,” mentioned Miguel in Filipino. 

“Now that I’m a part of this championship, I’m so pleased and proud. However I gained’t take all of the credit score as a result of numerous coaches taught these gamers and I applaud their efforts to elevate the volleyball program,” he added.

Regardless of getting pushed to the restrict by College of Santo Tomas within the Shakey’s Tremendous League Preseason Championship Finals,  Miguel knew that the Girl Bulldogs, led by Bella Belen and Alyssa Solomon, would flaunt their maturity and composure to tug off a 25-17, 15-25, 25-20, 25-20 win in Recreation 2 on Saturday at Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

NU Girl Bulldogs.–SSL PHOTO

“It’s in regards to the stage of character of our gamers. They’ve been champions since highschool and likewise skilled a championship title in school. I feel [playing their] hearts out made them obtain this type of success,” the returning NU coach mentioned.

The Girl Bulldogs swept all of their 10 video games within the second SSL season, extending their successful streak to 18 video games within the preseason event.

However their essential objective is to say the UAAP crown because the final time they dominated SSL, they misplaced to La Salle within the Season 85 Finals.

“As a lot as we wish to really feel we’re one hundred pc prepared, we don’t wish to as a result of we wish to all the time have a cause to work more durable and push one another. We all the time assume that there’s nonetheless a void to fill in for us to regain the title,” Miguel mentioned.

NU, armed with the Philippine girls’s volleyball workforce expertise and one other SSL championship, seeks to reclaim the crown with the core of Belen, Solomon, Vange Alinsug, Lams Lamina, and Sheena Toring in addition to rookies Kaye Bombita and Arah Panique.

Belen, a third-year Girl Bulldogs, vows to take it one step at a time of their title-redemption bid.

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“We gained’t rush the method. We are going to take it step-by-step till we attain the place we wish to be,” Belen mentioned.

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