The rivalry between the National University and the University of Santo Tomas deepens in the girls volleyball rank.
Since 2013, both the NU Lady Bullpups and the Junior Golden Tigresses have seen themselves grinding each other to be the rightful owner of the distinction of being the best junior volleyball team in the country.
National University dominated the court in the past two years, beating UST in the two UAAP girls volleyball tournament Finals.
The Espana-based volleybelles though managed to re-assert themselves back in July when they beat the Bullpups in the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League of Champions.
Bullpup Faith Nisperos has been raring to get back at the Tigresses and she did just like that on Sunday morning as NU took its first win against UST in 2016.
“Kasi natalo din nila kami dati, we’re extra motivated then kasi we’re trying to be the best. We’re trying to prove to them na we’re the best,” Nisperos told FOX Sports after they beat UST in the first round of the UAAP Season 79 girls volleyball tournament.
Considered as one of the next in line in the country’s growing volleyball scene, Nisperos admitted the two-time defending champions alloted a week of training just to prepare for the awaited rematch.
“Masarap sa pakiramdam kasi we’ve worked hard for this tapos we dedicated talaga one week, we sacrificed. Mga M-W-F we trained at 6:30 am, we missed school, papasok kami sa hapon, make up sa hapon,” she said.
“It’s worth it naman.”
But the Grade 11 open hitter was clearly not contended with the win, and looks at the bigger picture as they gun for a third straight title in the tournament.
“Kulang pa, kasi this UAAP ang goal namin makuha yung crown, until we get that crown di pa namin masasabi na nakabawi na kami.”
“It’s still a beginning. The beginning of UAAP first round so. We got the first round. We won’t slow down, we won’t rest. Tuluy-tuloy pa rin yung trabaho namin, we still have a lot to improve on,” she added.
Asked who she wants to face if ever they reach the finals again, Nisperos answered without hesitation: “Syempre sila (UST).” – By John Chester Fajardo