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Risa Sato vows to do better in academics, volleyball

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Coming into the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball tournament, the National University Lady Bulldogs were already stretched thin.

But they suffered another blow, as Tiebreaker Times reported earlier this week that incoming senior and middle blocker Risa Sato did not make the lineup due to academic deficiencies.

The Sports and Wellness Management student-athlete confirmed that she had failed a few subjects, although she could not name the specific ones she flunked.

“This season hindi ako makapaglaro. Bagsak,” the Fil-Japanese spiker shared after the PVL All-Star match.

For now, the 24-year old emphasized that she is still training with the rookie-filled NU squad. And she is working hard both on and off the court towards a Season 82 return.

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“Siyempre, malungkot ako kasi sa team, ako yung pinaka-matanda,” she added.

“Senior ako, at need talaga na push ko ‘yung mga teammates ko.”

With Sato out, the Lady Bulldogs will enter the new season with just 10 players – eight of whom are rookies.

Though the mountain will be tough to climb, Sato remains confident that her team will give it their all every game.

NU begins their campaign against the FEU Lady Tamaraws on Saturday, February 16, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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