UAAP: With sweep, NU emulates head coach’s feat 13 years ago

NU head coach Karl Dimaculangan. UAAP Media.
NU head coach Karl Dimaculangan. UAAP Media.

MANILA, Philippines — Karl Dimaculangan is no stranger to success.

The youthful head coach of National University won multiple titles in college while playing for the University of Santo Tomas. In 2009, he earned Most Valuable Player honors while piloting the Tiger Spikers to a perfect 17-0 campaign in the UAAP Season 71 men’s volleyball tournament. 

It was thus not surprising that the coach remained as cool as ever after the Lady Bulldogs completed a sweep of the elimination round of the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament. It was, after all, a feat that he has achieved before.

“Sobrang masaya [ako], and thankful sa players na rin,” Dimaculangan said after the match. “‘Yung feeling ko kasi before na naka-sweep, siguro na-translate ko sa team.”

“Kasi Season 71, noong player pa ako, na-feel ko kasi itong ganitong feeling, na naka-sweep. So sobrang saya. Ngayon, coach naman ako ngayon,” he added.

The Lady Bulldogs had completed their sweep at the expense of Dimaculangan’s alma mater: NU dismissed the UST Golden Tigresses, 25-22, 29-27, 25-17 on Thursday night to claim an outright Finals berth. 

That is the one difference between Dimaculangan’s Tiger Spikers and the young NU team that he is now coaching. During Dimaculangan’s collegiate years, there was no step-ladder format; UST had to go through a traditional Final 4 despite having swept the elimination round.

Rather than battle the No. 4 seed, the Lady Bulldogs are now waiting for their Finals opponent. The rest of the semifinalists, meanwhile, will go through the step-ladder: the fourth-ranked team will play the third-seeded Golden Tigresses in a knockout game, and the winner of that match advances to take on the second-seeded De La Salle University Lady Spikers, who have a twice-to-beat advantage.

Whoever emerges from the step-ladder, the Lady Bulldogs will be widely favored to triumph in the best-of-3 finals. Yet Dimaculangan is careful to remind his team that they cannot be complacent despite their perfect record and clear advantage against the rest of the field.

“At this level, at this point na tapos na ‘yung elimination, ang message ko lang palagi is nag-eexpect kami ng mga ganyang klase ng game na sobrang intense,” said Dimaculangan. “‘Yun lang yung nire-remind ko sa team, na hindi pa rin tapos ‘yung trabaho namin.”

For now, however, their focus is to first rest and recover from a cramped elimination round schedule that saw them play virtually every other day. Afterward, it will be time to watch and scout the semifinals, with Dimaculangan looking to guide the Lady Bulldogs to a perfect campaign just like he did the Tiger Spikers 13 years ago.

“Mahalaga sa amin ‘yung recovery,” the coach said. “And then, usap kami ng coaching staff para ma-plano ‘yung next na gagawin namin and prepare for the Finals.”

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‘Nothing to suggest’ US will have a recession: Yellen

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Posted at Jun 10 2022 08:22 AM

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 A shopper carries a box in Restaurant Depot in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, 13 April 2022. Shawn Thew, EPA-EFE
A shopper carries a box in Restaurant Depot in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, 13 April 2022. Shawn Thew, EPA-EFE

NEW YORK, United States – The United States is unlikely to suffer an economic downturn, despite sky-high inflation, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday.

“There’s nothing to suggest that there’s a recession in the works,” she said during an interview at The New York Times’ economic forum.

The US economy has recovered strongly from the Covid-19 damage, but the highest inflation in four decades and supply chain snarls exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are increasing pessimism.

The US Labor Department is set to release the May consumer price index (CPI) report on Friday, and analysts expect the data could potentially show a modest slowdown in the torrid 8.3 percent annual pace.

The Federal Reserve has begun raising interest rates aggressively, with another big hike expected next week, as policymakers attempt to combat inflationary pressures without triggering a recession.

Yellen expressed confidence they will be successful.

“I believe there is a path through this that entails a soft landing,” she said.

But the swiftness of the Fed’s planned moves has increased fears of a recession, generally defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

At the forum, Yellen was asked to respond to rapper Cardi B’s tweet about a possible downturn.

“Is there a recession risk? Of course there’s a recession risk,” the Treasury secretary said. “But is it likely? I don’t think so.”

When asked if she knew who Cardi B was, Yellen quipped: “I don’t have a lot of time for her, but I am alive.”

Fed Chair Jerome Powell and President Joe Biden have each sought to assuage recession fears, with Powell saying the US economy is strong enough to weather higher borrowing costs.

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