With young core in tow, NU coach vows to get back better next season

It may be another biting finals loss for NU, but as early as now, coach Dante Alinsunurin has more problems to think of heading in the future.

In a good and exciting way, that is.

“Siguradong sasakit ang ulo ko kasi yung bench namin napakalalim na. Yung kumpiyansa nila medyo tumataas na, kaya ngayon di ko alam kung paanong paikot,” said Alinsunurin, who rued immaturity in their Game 2 defeat to Ateneo on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Parading a young roster this season, the Bulldogs managed to continue the winning tradition in men’s volleyball as they clinched the second spot after the eliminations and eventually making it in the championship round.

“Pero sigurado setter ang proproblemahin ko,” he quickly added, as he praised veteran playmaker Vince Mangulabnan for his service to NU the past half-decade.

With Mangulabnan as the lone graduating player for the Bulldogs, Alinsunurin believes they can compete in a higher level next season with Rookie of the Year James Natividiad and promising spikers Bryan Bagunas and Madz Gampong still in tow.

“Sabi ko sa mga bata, sa nangyari na ‘to yung achievement natin napakataas na, di rin natin akalain na ito yung magiging posisyon natin, tayo pa yung lumaban ng championship,” he said. “Siguradong babawi kami.”