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After their successful stint in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), the La Salle Lady Spikers now train their sights on regaining the Shakey’s V-League title in the first conference of the league which starts on April 19.
The Lady Spikers bagged the UAAP title recently beating last season’s champion Far Eastern University in three games. It was their first title since 2006 where they completed a three-peat.
It was also three years ago that the Lady Spikers last won a V-League title and it will be fitting if they win the crown in the coming conference.
“We will begin our summer training within the next few days so we can be ready when the V-League. Sana makakuha kami ng dalawang guest players for us to get more competitive,” La Salle assistant coach Noel Orcullo said during the SCOOP sa Kamayan recently.
La Salle finished third at the V-League’s second conference last November with setter Chie Saet as their guest player.
“Definitely, we are facing a tough competition sa V-League. San Sebastian College is the defending champions. Malalakas din ang UST at Adamson. Ang Ateneo baka maglaro na may import,” said Orcullo.
“We will just do our best, compete and hopefully win another V-League championship,” he added.
UAAP Most Valuable Player Manilla Santos said that she is still thinking it over whether to play in the V-League.
“So far, I’m still weighing my options whether I’ll be playing for La Salle in the coming V-League. Hopefully, I’ll make my decision very soon. Gusto ko na kasing magkaroon ng trabaho agad after finishing my Masters,” said Santos, who has already exhausted her playing years in the UAAP along with Michelle Datuin.
Also in the forum were spikers Stephanie Mercado and Celine Hernandez, and libero Melissa Gohing, who won the Rookie of the Year.
Mercado is still elated with the title, her first in her collegiate career.
“Sobrang saya pa rin ng feeling. It’s almost a week na since nanalo kami ng championship. Hindi kami expected na mag-champion dahil malakas ang FEU pero we really worked hard kahit pukpukan ang finals,” said Mercado, daughter of former Asian sprint queen Lydia De Vega-Mercado. –GMANews.TV