UAAP Volleyball Preview: Lady Bulldogs aim Finals breakthrough

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first_imgNational University’s Jaja Santiago. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHead coach: Roger GorayebLast season: 7-7 (5th)ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Key losses: Myla Pablo, Rica Diolan, Ivy Perez,Key additions: Risa Sato, Larnie AberinFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIf head coach Roger Gorayeb is to be believed, National University could be on its way to a big year in the 79th Season of the UAAP.The Lady Bulldogs failed to enter the Final Four last season despite flaunting the attacking trio of Jaja Santiago, Myla Pablo, and Jorelle Singh as they finished the eliminations with a 7-7 record and settled for the fifth seed. Quinahan one-ups Belga as former teammates face off Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “I hope they can carry the pressure up until the Finals especially with the social media presence that is why I try to limit their use of social media,” said Gorayeb.Now that NU starts off on practically a clean slate, Gorayeb’s hopes his decision to put in Santiago as the team’s captain will eventually payoff.Gorayeb said Santiago is now the “older sister” of the team and it’s always a good thing to have the best player also as the designated leader.“Jaja has always been their older sister, and she can talk to the younger players and the kids also listen to her,” said Gorayeb. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Gorayeb, however, doesn’t see the Lady Bulldogs’ mediocre run the past year as a reason not to aim high for Season 79.“I wanted to reach the top four last year, now I want to go to the Finals because they started recruiting in 2008 but they never had the chance to get to the Finals,” said Gorayeb in Filipino.NU’s early 3-1 record in the elimination round proved false pretense as the Lady Bulldogs lost four of their next five games and even back-to-back wins over University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines weren’t enough to push them to the semifinals.And even though NU had the tallest player in the league in the 6-foot-5 Santiago, the Lady Bulldogs were the second worst blocking team as they averaged just 1.4 blocks per set.Reasons beyond numbers also plagued the team with chemistry problems preventing the Lady Bulldogs to contend against title favorites Ateneo and La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards View commentslast_img

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