National U: Tailend no more?


BEST CASE SCENARIO: Final Four, finally

WORST CASE SCENARIO: Tailend…na naman..

All wet and all smiles, they face an important season ahead

(according to the NU Bulldogs’ Facebook Fan Page, eto ang Season 73 lineup:

Mervic Mangui
Maricar Nepomuceno
Aleona Denise Santiago
Azie Soliven
Ellaine Sagun
Carmina Aganon
Jen Reyes
Kuki Salibad
Jelaine Cawican
Rizza Jane Mandapat
Lucyl Bayron
Rhea Sante
Mike Bautista
Antonette Nagac
Sihe-she Dadang

Since God-knows-when, laging nasa ibaba ng team standings ng UAAP ang National U. Kaya naman there’s nowhere to go but up for the Lady Bulldogs, at sinisimulan na nga nilang tumalon pataas.

Sinubukan nilang makipagtagisan ng galing sa V-League gamit ang Santiago Towers, at naging matagumpay naman sila kasi umabot sa quarterfinals. Tangan ang morale-boosting stint sa nasabing liga, tatangkain naman nilang talikuran ang tradisyon ng pagkatalo at kumawala sa lupa.

Ginawang sampayan ni 14-year-old jaja ang net

Pero I don’t think that National U is the worst team in the UAAP right now. Individually, they’re quite intriguing: Azie Soliven is one of the most promising young setters today, Mervic Mangui is already an established scorer in the league, JenJen Reyes is solid at libero.

And Cai Nepomuceno displayed tremendous growth as a player. She was among the top blockers last season kasi sya ang main defender at the net, pero nung naglaro sya alongside Dindin and Jaja sa V-League, pinatunayan nyang she can be an offensive gunner as well.

Tapos 6-foot-2 Dindin will be joining the squad next year, at posibleng sundan pa sya ng big little sister nyang si Jaja (6-foot-3, at 14 years old). Syempre pa ang pinaka-importante dyan e Jaja Santiago, Azie Soliven and Kuki Salibad like this blog.

These are BIG signs of better things to come for them, pero maghihintay ba muna sila kay Dindin to finally get out of the hole? At ang mas mahalagang tanong dyan: can Francis Vicente coach this team to try to win every game?



2 Responses to “National U: Tailend no more?”

  1. Aries Says:

    sa mga NU players..i like Nepomuceno…kaso tinalo sila kahapon ng Adamson.. 😀

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