MANILA, Philippines — Casiey Dongallo, one of many prized rookies within the league, seeks to assist the College of the East rise from the ashes within the UAAP Season 86 ladies’s volleyball match beginning this weekend at Mall of Asia Area.
After successful solely two video games prior to now two seasons, UE is filled with hope with veteran coach Jerry Yee and recruits from the profitable highschool workforce California Academy led by Dongallo.
Dongallo, who gained a number of MVPs and championships in highschool, is conscious that the expectations are excessive for the Woman Warriors this season due to the core members of California Academy.
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“We all know that UE all the time results in seventh or eighth place. Now that we’re right here as their new gamers with a brand new system, we’re making an attempt our greatest to assist UE rise from its earlier end,” stated Dongallo in Filipino. “However since we’re new, we simply need to usher in a brand new period and assist this system enhance.”
Dongallo and her fellow rookies should embrace greater management roles after her fellow freshman Jelai Gajero suffered an ACL damage within the preseason, whereas seniors Ja Lana and Jel Quizon turned professional with the Capital1 Photo voltaic Spikers within the PVL.
“Being a pacesetter will not be new for me as a result of we have been those main at California Academy,” Dongallo stated. “Right here at UE, figuring out that some gamers are veterans, they’ve been permitting us to guide although we’re simply rookies. They’re permitting us to speak in regards to the issues that might assist our workforce enhance.”
Regardless of the departure of a number of veteran gamers, Yee was happy with the progress of his younger workforce, bannered by Dongallo and rookie setter Kizzie Madriaga in addition to holdovers KC Cepada and Angelica Reyes.
“The aim is to not end final. We’re making an attempt to realize to win as many video games as we will,” stated Yee, who was with Adamson final yr however left months after main the college to a bronze with the Woman Falcons’ core for Farm Contemporary.
“I hope we will translate our practices to wins as a result of they’ve been dedicated and dealing arduous.”
The 18-year-old Dongallo admitted that she’s been feeling the jitters forward of her first UAAP sport however she’s making an attempt her greatest to show it into pleasure for her to have the ability to debut in type.
“I’m excited however I additionally really feel nervous as a result of this shall be my first UAAP sport. I’m turning that strain into pleasure so it gained’t have an effect on my sport,” Dongallo stated.