Younger and talented, solo leader NU has enough firepower to intimidate any UAAP team.
Ironically, the Bulldogs got a scare from the bottom-dweller UE with their taunting game on Saturday.
“Ginawa naman namin kung ano yung nasa training pero yung 2nd set, nadaan kami sa ingay, siguro di pa kami handa kapag nakikipag-asaran yung kalaban,” said NU team captain Vince Mangulabnan to FOX Sports.
Despite getting a mouthful of words from the Red Warriors, the Bulldogs managed to keep their heads in the game as they roared back with a straight-set win — their 4th of the season.
After bowing to an NU side flaunting a free-flowing offense in the opening set, the Warriors tried “intimidating” the their opponent.
“Medyo nawala lang kami nung nakipag-asaran kasi di kami sanay. Di lang talaga kami sanay kapag sinisigawan kami,” admitted Mangulabnan. “Di naman totally naintimidate, nabigla lang na may bagong ganon.”
UE’s attempt to upset last season’s runner-up worked, forcing NU to commit 21 errors while keeping the game close in the last 2 sets.
Their loud and intimidating presence went to naught, however, as the Warriors could not keep up in the attacking department, absorbing their 5th straight defeat this season.
“Malaki yung tiwala ko na kahit ginaganon, iisipin namin kung paano namin macocover-up yung nangyayari,” bared the 5-foot-8 setter, whose team next face reigning champion Ateneo next Saturday.
“Excited pero ganoon pa rin, same preparation sa ibang schools. Pero siyempre nandoon yung eagerness na bumawi, pero maglalaro kami nang maayos as a team,” he said when asked how they are preparing for a rematch of last season’s finals. — By Jason Mercene