While Jasmine Nabor looked silent and unassuming in NU’s title run in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference, the converted spiker operated with a chip on her shoulder.
And when the Lady Bulldogs finally clinched the championship, Nabor felt vindicated.
“Sobrang nakakatuwa po kasi parang napatunayan ko sa mga coaches ko and sa maraming tao na hindi sila nagkamali na ako yung kinuhang setter,” she said after leading the Sampaloc squad over Ateneo in a series that had pundits name her Finals MVP.
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In Game 2, Nabor played like a woman possessed, scoring 14 points while dishing out 43 excellent sets in a hard-earned 5-set triumph.
After being named the best of the finals series, the Tarlac native jumped and clung to conference MVP Jaja Santiago, a woman Nabor considers her mentor and ‘nanay’ since her high school years at NU.
“Kilala na namin yung isa’t-isa,” said Nabor, who seemed to be the only setter who have unlocked Santiago’s full potential. “Kaya siguro ganun yung tandem namin kasi since first year high school, nandito na ako sa Manila. Parang nanay-nanayan ko na siya. Pag may problema ako, sa kanya ako nag-oopen. Hihingi ako ng advice.”
Whether that tandem works again in the UAAP is something fans have to wait for and see, but Nabor is bent on improving her craft as a playmaker.
“Mas love ko yun,” she said of her ‘new task.’ “Sobrang nagbibigay hirap ako sa training kasi nga gusto kong may mapatunayan sa maraming tao.” — By John Chester Fajardo