Called upon after being benched, Ivy Perez delivers for embattled NU

When NU locked horns with Adamson in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament over the weekend, it was a surprise that Ivy Perez was sent to man the starting setter position for the disgruntled Lady Bulldogs.

But the move paid off for both Perez and coach Roger Gorayeb, as the veteran setter delivered 21 excellent sets while providing leadership as the Sampaloc spikers ended their 3-game losing streak.

Perez, who has seen mostly spot minutes this season so far, giddily talked about what worked for them against the Lady Falcons.

“Nakakatuwa kasi parang nag-click na,” she told FOX Sports. “Wala nang adjustments pa. Parang nagsabay-sabay kami this game. Maganda yung gising. Maganda yung flow nung plays.”

It wasn’t the case for NU in their past outings, as their veterans looked to be disconnected and out of sorts.

Against Adamson, the Lady Bulldogs projected a different aura and basked in a different atmosphere.

“Medyo magaan yung ambiance sa loob,” Perez shared. “Kita naman sa labas na gumaan. Unlike nung past 3 games namin, sobrang bigat.”

After turning in a solid performance, does Perez expect to be utilized more as the season wears on?

The Batangas native said she’ll take whatever role Gorayeb gives him, as long as it helps the team.

“Basta pag ginamit ni coach, grab the opportunity,” she stressed. “Pero pag hindi, thankful pa rin.”

“Hindi man (ako makatulong) through actions sa court, nasasabihan ko sila, na-momotivate ko sila. As long as nananalo naman, okay lang sa akin.” — By Joyce Palad