Is Casugod turning into a star?

Generika-Ayala team captain Gen Casugod lived above her pre-tournament billing as she tallied a career-high 25 points in a five-set victory over Sta. Lucia in the Belo Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Center.

It was a job well done.

The Lifesavers crawled their way back to survive from the young and developing Lady Realtors, 25-19, 23-25, 25-27, 25-18, 15-12.

Fresh recruits Fiola Ceballos, Angeli Araneta and Patty Jane Orendain tallied a combined 38 markers to help Casugod in punching holes on the defensive blanket of the Lady Realtors.

With such important victory, the Lifesavers are in a perfect position to come up with a fourth-place finish.

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Still humble

Generika-Ayala head coach Francis Vicente was surprised when he heard about his captain’s output.

[quote]”Wow, ngayon ko lang nalaman ‘yun ah.”[/quote]

He said he never doubted Casugod, knowing that she’s also capable of delivering monster numbers.

And as a testament of his faith on her, Vicente picked Casugod to be part of the national pool that will see action in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games.

[quote]”Twenty five? She can do 30 (points). Kailangan lang maging aggressive siya. Kailangan din maganda ‘yung receive namin para maging maganda ‘yung bigay sakanya ng bola.”

“Pero it’s good na andoon siya sa 25 kasi it means very efficient siya sa ginagawa niya.”[/quote]

Casugod humbly echoed Vicente’s statement.

[quote]”Actually, oo (I can surpass that output).”[/quote]

She, however, quickly emphasized that it wasn’t a cakewalk as she had to do some adjustments, especially when they were behind the Lady Realtors.

[quote]”Hindi naman sa nagmamayabang pero kasi halos lahat ng binigay sa akin na quick mababa. Sa warm up kasi namin ‘yung binibigay sa akin na quick sakto lang sa akin eh, sakto lang din sa height ko.”

“Actually, ang dami kong ginawang adjustments kasi willing talaga akong manalo.”[/quote]

Casugod is finally shining.

She’ll be a star in no time.