By Adrian Stewart Co
Guimarasnon setter Camille Lamina will continue to wear the blue and gold colors of the National University (NU) after agreeing to play her collegiate career with the Lady Bulldogs.
Lamina was a former standout of Grace Baptist Academy in Buenavista, Guimaras before being recruited to join the Nazareth School of NU Lady Bullpups squad, where she became a four-time UAAP juniors champion and two-time UAAP best setter.
As part of the Lady Bullpups crew, the 19-year-old Lamina also represented the country in the 2019 ASEAN School Games girls volleyball event, where they finished with a silver medal.
Lamina, in a previous interview with Richard Gabayoyo at Guimaras Players’ Center Sports Academy podcast, said she was thankful to NU for opening her the doors to play in Manila.
“I am thankful to NU for giving me the opportunity to play in Manila,” Lamina said. “I was still playing for Grace Baptist Academy (elementary years) when they offered me to play for them.”
“During my elementary years, I was really playing the spiker position but the coaches of National University saw that I can be successful as a setter so they converted me,” she added.
Lamina will be the fourth Western Visayas-based player in the Lady Bulldogs roster aside from Bacolodnon middle blocker Gelina Luceno, Ilongga outside hitter Princess Anne Robles and libero Pearl An Denura.
Lamina will also be the 13th former Lady Bullpup to continue as a Lady Bulldog aside from Robles, Mhicaela Belen, Alyssa Solomon, Erin Pangilinan, Sheena Toring, Kamille Cal, Merienne Maderazo, Taylor Pena, Ivy Lacsina, Joyme Cagande, Jennifer Nierva, and Elaine Cloza.
The Lady Bullpups had a solid start in UAAP Season 82 with 2-0 win-loss record following victories over University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses and Adamson University Lady Falcons until the season was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic./ASC, WDJ