Ateneo: Time to win?

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BEST CASE SCENARIO: Championship

WORST CASE SCENARIO: Final Four appearance

According to the team’s Facebook page, eto ang Season 73 lineup:
1 – Aeriel Patnongon
3 – Gretchen Ho
4 – Bea Pascual
5 – Kara Acevedo
6 – Dzi Gervacio
7 – A. Nacachi
8 – Ella De Jesus
9 – Mona Bagatsing
11 -Tasha Faustino
12 -Jem Ferrer
13 -Denden Lazaro
15 -Fille Cainglet
16 -Amy Ahomiro
17 -Bea Tan

Maganda ang itinatakbo ng Ateneo women’s volleyball program for the past couple of years: nagpasok ito ng talented young players at isang multi-titled coach para gabayan sila. Pinalampas natin ang mga pagkatalo nila sa mga importanteng laro because they were still rebuilding.

Pero ibang usapan na tong papasok na season. Papasok na rin si coach Roger Gorayeb sa projected peak ng kanayang paggiya sa then-promising youngsters na kasabay nyang sumali sa team. Di na rin maikli ang tatlong taon ng pagkilala sa mga laro nila sina Dzi, Jam, Fille, Gretchen at iba pa. Ayon sa plano, this is their time to win the crown. Can they deliver?

They’ll be parading the same lineup from 3 years ago. Ang mawawala lang ata e sina Bea Pascual at Steph Gabriel. They’ve got the latter covered at libero kasi andyan na ang rookie na si Denden, who had moments of brilliance sa V-League but still SHOULD improve. Ewan ko lang kung ilang balde ulit ang iluluha nya dahil sa injury sa likod, pero fighter tong batang to. Mangiyak-ngiyak na’t lahat, lalaro parin makatulong lang sa team.

Hindi ganun kagaling si Bea, pero sa tingin ko malaki-laking butas din ang iiwan nya sa gitna. She was one of only two players who defended at the net and at the same time are big targets for quick hits. ngayon sina Gretchen at Ailysse nalang ang naiwan sa net. Di katangkaran si Greta, but is blessed with good timing. Ailysse is inexperienced, but her teammates have been vocal sa pagtitiwalang kaya na nya this year.

What Ateneo has in abundance though is a variety of skilled open hitters. They can go for power with Dzi, Averil at Mona; or do it finesse style with Fille and Kara. Nasa mga kamay na yan nina coach Roger at Jam kung aling buttons ang dapat i-press.

Besides blocking, sa tingin ko issue din ang leadership sa court. Pagdating ng pressure-packed situations, kaninong magandang mukha ang titingnan nila para di manginig?  At, did the ateneo babies of 2008 grow enough to deliver this time?

2 Responses to “Ateneo: Time to win?”

  1. Tristan kith Anas Says:

    Ang ganda talaga ni gretchen lalo na ung kanyang mata ang cute. . .and when she smile para syang isang angel . . . . . . . . . . Sana makita ko0sya in personal.ateneo lumaban lang kau nga lumaban. . . .go ateneo go. . .fight. . . .

  2. Rav Christian Bumanlag Says:

    Masmaganda naman si Fille SAint Merced Cainglet 15. . . . superrrr CUTE. . . . .Go Ateneo. . . . .

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