Now a spectator, Mika Reyes misses being on the floor for DLSU
Former DLSU Lady Archer Mika Reyes with boyfriend Jerome Ponce backstage at the Ateneo-DLSU volleyball game.
Former DLSU Lady Spiker Mika Reyes is no stranger to the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry. After five years and three championships in UAAP women's volleyball, Reyes has had more than her fair share of the war between the green and the blue sides.
Saturday evening however, Reyes was on a side that she wasn't too used to. This time around, she was a spectator.
Ateneo defeated DLSU in four sets to lock up the first seed in the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournament, and the 2016 PSA Ms. Volleyball awardee gave her assessment of her Lady Spikers' loss.
"Good game, syempre good game pa din, ayun nga lang, may errors kasi talaga, andyan pa din yung unforced errors, and obviously mas maraming errors yung La Salle." said Reyes, who pinpointed receiving and setting as some of the areas for improvement for the Lady Archers.
More than anything however, the 'Taft Tower' shared that she would have wanted to be on the floor with her former teammates, especially in such a big game.
"Super, iba yung feeling na naglalaro ka, andun ka sa labas. Totoo pala yun, sabi kasi ng mga seniors ko dati na namimiss nila, same lang yung sinasabi nila before, sinasabi ko din ngayon na gusto mo ikaw yung naglalaro,"
Reyes added that it was the ever-intense crowd of an Ateneo-La Salle match that always stood out.
"Iba kasi yung crowd ng Ateneo-La Salle games eh, alam niyo yan, sa lahat ng games, hindi naman sa may special treatment, pero alam mo na the rivalry is burning, iba talaga yung init and intensity inside the court."
Now that she won't be able to lead on court, Reyes offered some advice for the Lady Spikers as they embark on their Final Four journey.
"Always play your best, always give it your best, and enjoy the game, kasi pag binigay mo lahat, hindi mo ma-reregret, whatever the result at the end of the game."
The second-seeded DLSU Lady Spikers will face the third-seeded University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses on April 22nd, live on S+A channel 23, S+A HD Sky Cable channel 166, and livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com