When the mud cleared in Sport 2 of the Shakey’s Tremendous League Nationwide Invitational Finals on Saturday, it wasn’t clear anymore if La Salle assistant coach Noel Orcullo was nonetheless speaking about championship rival Adamson. It felt like he was sounding off to the remainder of the UAAP subject.
“[W]e have to point out that we’re the defending UAAP champions,” mentioned Orcullo. “We’ve to show to them that we gained’t simply give up the championship.”
Shevana Laput didn’t care who Orcullo was attempting to impress. She simply heeded the decision.
Laput had a team-best 18 factors as La Salle solid a rubber match for the crown by hammering Adamson, 25-23, 25-12, 25-18, at FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan, the place she later voiced her intention to be an much more productive performer for the Girl Spikers’ title protection within the UAAP. “You understand, I’ve been taking part in effectively however there’s at all times room for enchancment,” the incoming sophomore reverse spiker instructed the Inquirer. “I do know I can accomplish that a lot better. This can be a preseason event so that is the place creating character, creating strategies [happens] and I suppose [figuring out] what I have to work on. I do know my offense has been actually good however there’s at all times protection that’s my draw back so I have to work on that.”
Laput’s efficiency in Sport 2 of the title conflict rejuvenated La Salle after a irritating Sport 1 defeat that featured a controversial name and gave the younger standout one other day to showcase her skill to be one of many key cogs in La Salle’s title protection subsequent season.
“By that point, I’m gonna get my protection down. That’s for positive, I’ll undoubtedly try this. And I imply recently, you’ll be able to see my tipping which has been fairly sick,” Laput mentioned.
If she must study extra about taking part in protection, she will watch Sport 2 once more and determine how La Salle held Adamson star Lucille Almonte to simply six factors after exploding for twenty-four in Sport 1.
Or have a chat with teammate and center blocker Amie Provido, who was additionally instrumental within the Sport 2 win with 13 factors.
Then possibly she will present glimpses of how she is going to flesh out a defensive position to enhance her scoring when La Salle and Adamson battle for the title in a do-or-die match on Sunday.
“The winner mindset, the optimistic mindset, giving it our all and taking part in with vitality and with confidence,” Laput mentioned about Sport 3.
If the Girl Spikers succeed, Laput hopes to hold over these traits to the following UAAP season.
“I’m simply trying ahead to how our crew performs. I received right here simply earlier than UAAP season this 12 months. However being with our crew extra and creating the connections I really feel like we’ll play rather well and there’s new folks coming in. There’s a brand new captain, new setter. It’s gonna be thrilling. I’m very excited,” she mentioned.
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