On April 14, 2019, the National University has denied the University of the Philippines their chance to get in to the Final Four of the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament. After five thrilling sets, the Lady Bulldogs have triumphed over the Lady Maroons to knock them out of the semis.
NU’s campaign has ended with a 4-9 win-loss slate, and such a record remains admirable in relation to being the youngest team in the league; one can only imagine the improvements to unfold in the years to follow.
While the team’s Season 81 average performance can be attributed to their youth-laden line-up, it is also in their rookies where the squad sees the silver lining. And among the obvious standouts is middle blocker Ivy Lacsina—who stands at six-foot-one and can do well on both defense and offense.
Before Lacsina gets the spotlight she rightfully deserves, MBody gets a chance to know more about her, and her random reverie on the sport.
What inspired you to get into volleyball?
Hindi ko po talaga siya hilig. Nagta-taekwondo lang po ako no’n. Then one time, nag-church po ako, tapos ‘yong wife po ng coach ko saAUF (Angeles University Foundation), nilapitan ako. Ang tangkad ko raw, and tinanong niya ako if willing daw akong mag-volleyball. I tried and nagustuhan ko po siya hanggang sa nagtuloy-tuloy na.
How did you get recruited in NU?
Na-recruit po ako ng NU for senior high from junior high ng AUF.
Who’s your biggest volleyball inspiration?
Sa akin po, si ate Ara Galang talaga. Kasi unang-una, naging senior ko po siya sa AUF. Every time na nagpupunta po kami roon noongsummer, parang binibigyan niya po kami ng ibang ideas like dapat ganito ‘yong palo mo, ganito ‘yong kamay mo. Kaya siya po ‘yong inidolo ko talaga.
Who’s your co-athletes back in high school whom you miss playing volleyball with?
Lahat po siguro, kasi lahat po sila ka–close ko po. ‘Yong iba naman po nasa Manila na rin, like FEU. Sina Yumi (Furukawa) po saka siJaycel (Delos Reyes), nasa Ateneo.
Who’s the volleyball player from other team/s whom you enjoy playing with the most?
If tatanungin ako about my senior high experience, siguro ang pinaka–challenging talaga na kalaban namin is si Eya Laure po.
What do you think is your best volleyball skill?
Sa ngayon, blocking and attack.
Prior to the semis result, which teams did you think will make it to the Final Four?
Siyempre po, ginusto at trinabaho rin namin. Bukod sa amin, siguro po UST, Ateneo, and La Salle.
Hypothetically, had your team made it to the Finals, which team would you like compete against?
UST po. Kasi sila po ‘yong laging may challenge. Kapag kalaban sila, hindi lang sila consistent sa pass, lalo na po sa atake. Kapag po kasi malakas ‘yong atake ng kalaban, mas nacha-challenge po talaga kami.
What do you want to do after college apart from pursuing professional volleyball?
Siguro po mapupunta po ako sa path ng modelling po. Kasi nagpa-pageant pageant din ako dati.
Interviews were edited for brevity.
Special thanks to John Cas.
Featured image by Roc Verdera.
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