Jolina Dela Cruz continued her sensational season to the very end of the elimination round of the UAAP 81 Women's Volleyball Tournament.
De La Salle University's super rookie dropped 22 points in her team's five-set loss to Far Eastern University, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
Unfortunately, her big-time outing, another of many in the tournament, ended up with her and her teammates at the wrong end of a sorry loss.
The decision sent La Salle to a virtual best-of-three up against University of Sto. Tomas which begins in just three days.
Still, Dela Cruz was a bright spot in a sorry loss. "Sa akin po, gusto ko lang talaga manalo," she told reporters post-game, modest as always.
At the same time, though, coach Ramil De Jesus would have wanted more help for their super rookie.
"Ang nangyayari nga kasi, parang si Jolina yung nagbubuhat ng team. Sabi ko sa kanila, 'di naman pwedeng lahat ng burden, ibigay sa kanya," he shared.
He then continued, "Team effort ang kailangan. Kailangan, kung may nag-spark na ganyan, sunod na lang yung iba."
The multi-titled mentor then went on to say that more contributions from his veterans would have been much welcome. As he put it, "Yun na nga, yung isa sa kinalulungkot ko kasi kung sino pa yung mga seniors, yun pa yung mga bumitaw nung huli. Sabi ko sa kanila, may problema tayo pagka ganyan."
After Dela Cruz, fellow youngsters Tin Tiamzon and May Luna were the only Lady Spikers in double-digits with 17 and 15 points, respectively.
And in the eyes of Coach RDJ, those more contributions don’t even necessarily have to be in terms of points. "Marami namang namang malaking bagay na pwedeng itulong sa team para 'di na pumuntos. Mag-dig ka, mag-serve ka, mag-receive ka, mag-block ka, dumepensa ka, marami naman," he said.
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