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UAAP: All eyes on Lady Maroons.

by Kristel Satumbaga

All eyes will now be on University of the Philippines (UP) in the upcoming UAAP women's volleyball season early next year after a successful campaign in 2018.

The Lady Maroons bagged two championships in 12 months - in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference and the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam - to make them title favorites in the fancied collegiate tournament.

But winning another crown will now be tougher as far as coach Godfrey Okumu is concerned.

"There's going to be a lot of pressure for us now, so we're just hoping for the best," said Okumu, adding that the UAAP will be a different ballgame.

In the PVL and the PSL, UP only played against three of its seven UAAP foes.

"That's why I don't wanna judge ourselves before playing everybody else," said Okumu. "We wouldn't like to play so well in the offseason and then not perform well in the UAAP, so it's going to be a tight situation for us."

Still, Okumu hopes for the best for his stalwarts, especially now with Tots Carlos - who has adjudged the PSL Collegiate Grand Slam Most Valuable Player - now near her hundred percent following an injury.

The Kenyan mentor also used the two tournaments as exposure for his rookies.

The UAAP volleyball tournament fires off in February with the Lady Maroons seeking to end a 36-title drought in the league.


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Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Dec 25, 2018
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