Big Heart: Jorelle Singh returns to top form, powers NU to 1st quarterfinal win

Just over a month ago, Jorelle Singh’s career was threatened by a heart disease.

But the Lady Bulldog attacker looks like she’s ready to leave all sorts of doubt in the past after leading the NU to their first quarterfinals win in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference.

In her third game back, one month after the discovery of her heart condition that sidelined her for two games in the conference, Singh poured 14 points, 13 from attacks, in the Bulldogs’ 25-21, 29-27, 25-13 demolition of the UST Golden Tigresses.

“Ok na siya pinayagan na ko ng doktor. Wala ng problema [pero] may medicine pa rin ako,” Singh told FOX Sports. “Hindi ko siya iniisip, ang iniisip ko lang maglalaro ako ng maayos, papakita ko lang kung ano yung best ko. Gusto ko kasi bumawi sa kanila kaya ayun ginawa ko best ko.”

The crucial win improved NU’s record to 2-1, and will face UP and Ateneo in its ensuing matches.

“Sobrang importante [ng panalo] kasi dito namin ire-redeem yung sarili namin e [after the loss to Ateneo].”

Just two weeks ago, Singh was out of the defending champions’ lineup having to endure strenuous physical improvement in order to have the go signal to play again.

While she returned sooner than expected, she had to shrug off some rust before finally rounding up to solid form.

“Mahirap kasi hindi ka makakasabay sa training tapos pagbalik mo parang hirap na hirap kang humabol,” Singh said.

To make matters worse, she still continues to suffer from chest pains, but only during long training sessions.

“Minsan sumasakit pa rin dibdib ko kapag sobrang pagod pero ok na naman sya, wala naman kanina. Kapag yung sobrang pagod lang kunwari takbo ng sobrang hard dun lang ako nakakaramdam ng sakit,” she said. “Medyo nag-worry ako sa sarili ko may possibility na pwede akong mag-collapse kapag hindi ko kinaya.”

Singh remains cautious but vows to improve her game and health to help the Lady Bulldogs’ bid to defend the crown.

Despite only playing at “60-70 percent” strength, Singh proved that the Bulldogs can still rely on her. Expect more when the handicapped power hitter gets fully recovered.

“Unti unti naging ok naman sya. Nakakatuwa kasi after nung nangyari parang nakakabalik na ko unti-unti,” Singh said. – By John Chester Fajardo 

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