First year NU mentor coach Raymund Castillo said the team will celebrate their rank one achievement after the first round but quickly noted they still have a lot to work on.
“Sabi nga namin today we’ll celebrate because first time nag rank one tayo. But hindi pa kami happy, ‘di pa kami ganoon ka-happy the way we played it. Marami pang pwede tayong maproduce, magawa,” the coach said.
The Lady Bulldogs closed out first round with a decisive win against the Lady Maroons in three sets. The win gave them a 6-1 win-loss card enough to cement their hold on the first spot.
For Coach Castillo, their four-set loss against the Lady Tamaraws was a ‘needed’ loss for the team to realize what to still work on.
Despite the loss, Coach Babes said they moved on right away and focused on their game against UP.
“Well to begin with, after we lost, we moved on right away ang aming attitude. And the way we approached ‘yung game sa UP before it started, it has to be a statement game,” said coach Castillo.
Castillo added that he is happy to see that all members of his squad are responding to the challenge and are now ready to step up for the team.
According to the coach, his wards deserve the rank one because they worked hard for it.
“I am very happy with how the team is responding doon sa kanilang mga experience. From Jaja, all the way kina Audrey, all the way kina Aiko. One thing I really noticed is inaako na talaga nila ‘yung team, inaagkin na talaga nila,” he said.
As to the possibility of facing La Salle first in the second round, Coach Babes said the team is prepared.
“Kanina nga sabi namin, kung bukas na ulit ‘yung game, game na tayo. Let’s bring it on. I think ‘yun ‘yung attitude na ginagawa namin. Handa ‘yan,” he added.