Jasmine Nabor excited facing ‘idol’ Jia Morado in V-League finals

She might have warmed the bench in NU’s run to the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference championship last year, but Jasmine Nabor is at the center of the Lady Bulldogs’ impressive streak in Season 13. 

Grabbing the chance to orchestrate the Sampaloc squad’s offense this time, the former spiker has taken more responsibility in her second year with the seniors’ team.

“Mas excited ako,” Nabor said of her new role for NU. “Syempre yung ini-idolize kong setter (Jia Morado) kalaban namin.”

The departure of Rica Diolan has left coach Roger Gorayeb with no option but to convert Nabor to the setter position, something the former Lady Bullpup has embraced fully in her second conference at the helm of the team’s attack.

“Advantage ko na yung kaliwete tapos matangkad ako,” she said. “Iniisip ko nung spiker ako, mas madami kang kalaban. Parang pag setter ka, pag gumaling ka, bihira lang yung setter na kaliwete tapos matangkad.”

In fact, the former PH U17 member has been thriving in her hybrid role in the Shakey’s V-League, taking advantage of her height and attacking abilities as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to the Finals with only one loss in 9 games.

“Dun na lang din ako nakaka-point kahit papano dun ko mapapakita na galing ako sa spiker tapos ki-nonvert lang ako na as a setter,” she said. “Yun din yung tinetraining namin every training na kapag frontliner ako papalo ako kahit papano.”

The 5-foot-8 playmaker thanked NU’s attackers, who have stepped up to help Jaja Santiago in pushing the team to the next level.

But more than her confidence on the her teammates, Nabor said she trusts herself even more, believing that good things will come as her time as the main NU setter progresses.

“Nakakatuwa kasi kahit anong play, kahit saan ko ibigay yung bola, sure na mapapatay,” she said. “Sobrang laki ng tiwala ko sa teammates ko pero syempre sobrang laki ng tiwala ko sa sarili ko kasi ako yung playmaker sa loob kaya kailangan yung confidence ko sa loob hindi magbabago and paangat ng paangat.” — By John Chester Fajardo