MANILA, Philippines — Future made Karl Dimaculangan obtain two excellent UAAP championship runs as a participant and as a coach.
Dimaculangan, the Season 71 MVP who led College of Santo Tomas to an ideal 17-0 title run 13 years in the past, steered Nationwide College to its first championship since 1957 in dominant trend, sweeping all 16 video games within the UAAP Season 84 girls’s volleyball event.
As the person who achieved two excellent seasons as a coach and as a participant, the youthful Girl Bulldogs mentor stated his newest achievement felt extra surreal and emotional as a result of he didn’t count on to be employed by NU.
“It felt totally different (sweeping the event) as a coach. As a result of I didn’t count on to deal with Nationwide College. As a result of I beforehand coached UE and there have been extra veteran coaches obtainable that may deal with them,” stated Dimaculangan in Filipino, who tallied a 3-13 document in his two years with College of the East together with the scrapped Season 82.
“However NU selected males they usually trusted me to deal with this staff. It’s like future. I felt extra feelings in my journey in successful this championship,” he added.
NU had six totally different coaches previously decade Francis Vicente, Edjet Mabbayad, Dong Dela Cruz, Roger Gorayeb, Babes Castillo, and Norman Miguel. However all coaches couldn’t recover from the hump.
The 34-year-old coach was destined to finish a 65-year title drought, teaching the Girl Bulldogs who’re composed of prized rookies from Nazareth College led by one-of-a-kind expertise Bella Belen, who was the first-ever participant to win the MVP and Rookie of the 12 months.
Dimaculangan deflected the credit to his gamers, additionally led by seniors Cess Robles, Ivy Lacsina, and Jennifer Nierva in addition to rookies Lams Lamina, Alyssa Solomon, and Sheena Toring, who all made his transition from UE to NU simpler and believed that they’ll sweep the season.
“These (NU) gamers have excessive volleyball IQs and their abilities are on a unique degree. So I centered on the issues that I can add. We modified the system a bit, we made them faster,” stated the soft-spoken coach. “I didn’t count on to comb the event. However my gamers have been assured that they’ll do it.”
NU performed like a well-oiled machine this season and didn’t even play a five-setter in all 16 video games. Dimaculangan’s wards dominated the successful program of Ramil De Jesus after sweeping La Salle in straight units of their 4 conferences together with the 2 finals matches.
It might look straightforward for others, however Dimaculangan stated their excellent season was stuffed with hardships and sacrifices that taught them quite a lot of classes that they’ll use to be higher within the subsequent years.
“Most of you may even see it as sweep. However it wasn’t a simple journey. All of us went via quite a lot of challenges and sacrifices behind the scenes. All of it was value it as we have been in a position to obtain our aim,” he stated.
The NU coach stated half of his staff, like Nierva and Robles, are graduating and nonetheless undecided if they may prolong their collegiate careers.
However for now, Dimaculangan desires his gamers to have enjoyable and luxuriate in this historic second earlier than they determine methods to maintain the bar they set this season.
No matter who will bid farewell, at the least NU’s greatest participant in Season 84, Belen, is raring to run it again and change into even higher after her historic rookie season.
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