UAAP: NU rookie Lacsina takes switch in position in stride

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 01 2019 12:29 AM

UAAP: NU rookie Lacsina takes switch in position in stride 1
NU rookie Ivy Lacsina challenges the triple block of Adamson University. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines -- After playing as a wing spiker in the first nine games of UAAP Season 81, National University (NU) rookie Ivy Lacsina was switched back to the position she played for so long in high school.

Lacsina, NU's lanky, 6-foot-1 rookie, had played mostly as an outside spiker for the Lady Bulldogs, sometimes moving to the opposite position. But on Sunday against Adamson University, she was lined up as a middle blocker -- her original position during her days with the NU girls' volleyball team.

"Mahirap po sa akin, lalo na po kanina -- 'di pa nakuha ni Ate Joni (Chavez, NU's setter) 'yung sets ko," said Lacsina after the game. "Pero siyempre, masaya po kasi kahit papaano, nakapag-adjust din po."

Lacsina was solid in her first game back, putting up 15 points on 12 attacks, as NU seized a four-set win over the Lady Falcons. But it was obvious that she was still not used to her new role, which was understandable as she had only been practicing as a middle blocker for two days.

"Matagal na ako 'di nakakapag-training o 'di nakakalaro ng middle," Lacsina noted. "So siyempre, kailangan ko matutunan ulit paano 'yung pasok nang mabilis, 'yung pag-block, 'yung habol."

Lacsina's move to the middle position meant that Gel Luceno -- who was their other starting quicker after Roselyn Doria -- would move to utility, while Audrey Paran switched to the open hitter position. According to NU coach Norman Miguel, they needed to make the change after a poor stretch where they won just once in seven games.

"Parang kailangan talaga na may mangyaring iba," said Miguel. "So isip ko na kasi 'yung sa regular na sistema namin, parang walang nangyayari doon sa gitna except kay Rose (Doria)."

"So it's something that has to be changed sa area na 'yun," he added. "So sabi namin, try natin ito since si Ivy naman noong high school, may experience on being a middle blocker."

Lacsina admitted that at this point, she much prefers playing as an outside hitter. The rookie shone in that role throughout the season, and was averaging 12.78 points per game for NU heading into their contest against Adamson.

But as her coach put it, the rookie has little choice but to make the change, and Lacsina is ready to take on the challenge.

"Kung anong makakatulong sa team, iyon po," she said.

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