They were relative unknowns when they started, but the National University’s Kly Orillaneda and Antonette Landicho have made waves in the UAAP Season 81 Beach Volleyball Tournament.
The rookies have earned a 3-0 record to start the tournament, taking down more experienced foes in the Atneeo Lady Eagles, the UP Lady Maroons, and the UE Lady Warriors.
The Lady Bulldogs, if anything, were content to just play on the sands. The pair replaced Roma Doromal and Jasmine Nabor as NU’s main players for beach last August.
They weren’t supposed to be here, and now they’re making a name for themselves.
“Masaya po kasi parang ‘di namin inexpect tsaka hindi din po kami dapat ‘yung maglalaro.
“Ayun po masaya kasi unexpected po na kami maglalaro tapos naka 3-0 pa din,” said Landicho.
“Nothing to lose, everything to gain ganun lang iniisip namin,” added Orillaneda.
Both of these players only started playing competitive beach volleyball this August. Still, they’re not afraid of any of their opponents – even the country’s best player in Sisi Rondina.
“Kami po step by step – Final Four muna, tapos tsaka po namin gogoal yung championship ‘pag nakapasok kami ng Final Four, ayun,” expressed Landicho, the Batangas native.
“Okay lang po laban lang naman,” quipped Orillaneda.
“Tao din naman si Ate Sisi. May skills din naman po siya na wala sa amin, tas yun na lang yung papakita namin.”