MANILA, Philippines — Alyssa Solomon could have led the best way for Nationwide College in Recreation 1 of the Shakey’s Tremendous League (SSL) Pre-Season Championship Season 2 finals, however she deflected the credit score to their second stringers for serving to them recuperate from a primary set loss.
The Girl Bulldogs dropped their first set defeat within the event however recovered instantly to show again College of Santo Tomas, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-17, to maneuver inside a win from one other sweep of the event.
It was Arah Panique, Kaye Bombita, and Aisha Bello who sparked the Girl Bulldogs’ assault within the second set that equalized the sport to 1 set apiece. Then Solomon and the starters took over to place away the Tigresses on Friday evening at Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
“Throughout the first set, we lacked enjoyment. Our second stringers confirmed us that they have been having fun with and taking part in with out strain within the second set,” mentioned Solomon, who completed with 15 factors constructed on 11 assaults, three aces, and a block, in Filipino.
“So for us, starters, why not play like them?”
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Solomon joined fingers with Bella Belen and Vange Alinsug to nail the ending blows on UST to complete what the bench began as NU remained unbeaten in 9 video games.
“I’m so happy with them as a result of, in our previous few video games, their efficiency was not at this degree. This second set, they confirmed that they don’t wish to lose however they’ll benefit from the recreation on the identical time,” she mentioned.
The reigning SSL MVP nonetheless lauded UST for pushing them to their limits after Regina Jurado, Angeline Poyos, and Jonna Perdido made it onerous for them.
“UST actually labored onerous for each single level and so they didn’t let the ball fall. I’m pleased as a result of we have been capable of get this win,” mentioned Solomon.
NU has an opportunity to clinch the title in Recreation 2 for a second straight excellent championship run on Saturday at 5 p.m.
“We have to hold our focus and keep hungry. We will’t be complacent,” Solomon mentioned.