Bingle All the Way: Landicho showed nerves of steel on service

The marching order for her was simple: don’t mess up. Otherwise, the UP Lady Maroons will take the victory.

Eventually, Bingle Landicho hit bingo on the service line to help the NU Lady Bulldogs snatch a five-set win.

Though Bingle or Mary Antonette Landicho showed ice water on her veins, she was actually nervous when head coach Norman Miguel sent her in when the score was at 14-11 in favor of Coach Godfrey Okumu’s squad.

She even had her left arm on her waist as if she can’t wait to enter the court while holding the card corresponding to Roselyn Doria’s number on the other.

Despite entering the match for the first time, there was only one thing on her mind during her lengthy stint on service: just get the ball in.

And put the ball in play she did. The pride of Balayan, Batangas gave Rem Altomea and Justine Dorog reception troubles. UP’s loss was NU’s gain as Landicho’s steadiness triggered a 7-1 run that clinched the Lady Bulldogs’ second triumph in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. She also had an excellent dig that took a point off Isa Molde’s total.

As long as they take the W, she could care less about not having a point to her credit. With a smaller court to work with, her stint in this season’s women’s beach volleyball tournament with Kly Orillaneda might have helped her develop accuracy on her serves.

Groomed to be the Lady Bulldogs’ specialist on that facet, Landicho has no qualms about being a game-changer whenever the team needs her. Like a closing pitcher in baseball getting that final out, she saved the day for NU.

Landicho and the rest of the National University Lady Bulldogs (2-4) will close the first round of their Season 81 campaign against the league-leading Ateneo Lady Eagles (5-1) on March 16 (Saturday), 2 pm at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

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