BEST CASE SCENARIO: Final Four, finally
WORST CASE SCENARIO: Tailend…na naman..
(according to the NU Bulldogs’ Facebook Fan Page, eto ang Season 73 lineup:
Aleona Denise Santiago
Rizza Jane Mandapat
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.
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?