You lose some, you win some.
This was the case for NU’s women’s volleyball team as it now has found a replacement for setter Rica Diolan in Larnie Aberin.
With Diolan out of the roster, NU head coach Roger Gorayeb had no other choice but to convert opposite spiker Jasmine Nabor into a playmaker in the ongoing 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference.
Though the Lady Bulldogs have now been eliminated from title contention, the entry of Aberin in the lineup served as a cushion to the blow as the team now has a new protege all the way from Pinole, California.
On why she decided to fly to Manila and join a local team, she shares: “I really liked coach Roger (Gorayeb) and the fact that whatever player he has, they improve a lot. And I love the fact that he believes in me. I wanted to improve myself so I thought I should just go to him and NU.”
Not even a full 48 hours since she landed, Aberin already joined her new teammates in their match against UP Saturday at the PhilSports Arena which they eventually lost in 4 sets.
The Saint Mary’s High School alum may be new in the country but make no mistake as she revealed she is fully aware of the goings-on in PH volleyball.
“I’m aware of how big volleyball is in the Philippines. I watch games through TFC On-Demand. Also, I was told that volleyball here is as big as it is in California,” she told FOX Sports.
“I started following Philippine volleyball about more than a year ago. My favorites are Jaja Santiago and her sister Dindin,” she added.
Should she take over from Nabor as the main setter for NU, she will have at her disposal lethal attackers like Santiago, Jorelle Singh and Risa Sato.
Having played the sport since fourth grade, Aberin, who has family in Nueva Ecija and Tondo, just looks forward to gaining more experience from the legendary coach.
“I want to achieve experience. I want to grow in my skills because there’s always room for improvement,” she said.
On her initial observation of the Lady Bulldogs, she adds: “We’re pretty good. We just have to work on some stuff. Everybody’s great as a player.” — By Mac Dionisio