Masakit pero tanggapin na lang namin -- Rosario
Mark Escarlote on Jan 15, 2016 08:27 PM
It was not the kind of memory Christine Joy Rosario (no. 17) and Danna Henson (no. 14) wanted to have in their farewell season.
“Masakit pero tanggapin na lang namin.”
It was evident in Christine Joy Rosario’s eyes that she shed tears inside the locker room together with the Arellano University Lady Chiefs after their crown was taken away from them in a shocking fashion Friday in the last phase of the 91st NCAA women’s volleyball competition stepladder semifinals.
It was not the kind of memory she wanted to have in her farewell season.
“Siguro hindi talaga para sa amin, off kaming lahat e. Parang wala kaming nagawa, hindi namin na-defend ang title,” said Rosario, who was holding back another downpour of tears while talking to reporters outside their locker room at The Arena in San Juan minutes after College of St. Benilde eliminated the former champions, 25-20, 25-22, 25-23, to face thrice-to-beat San Sebastian in the Finals.
Rosario, who scored 13 points, played her last match as a Lady Chief together with Danna Henson and Shirley Salamagos.
“Sobrang hinayang kami kanina,” said the third year Rosario when asked about the atmosphere inside the locker room after the game. “Hindi na (rin nagalit si coach Obet Javier) kasi wala na siyang magagawa. Kahit maglupasay pa raw kami hindi na kami makakapunta sa Finals. Bawi na lang daw next season.”
Last year’s team captain Henson was hugging a team official outside the arena and was again crying when approached by reporters.
“Sobrang sad pero OK lang yan baka may iba pang darating na opportunities or hindi talaga ito para sa akin. Ibinigay naman ng lahat ang best nila pero kung hindi naman talaga para sa amin (tanggapin na lang),” said Henson, who also scored 13 markers.
Henson added that she could’ve given more.
“Aminado ako na nagkulang ako pero ibinigay ko pa rin ang best ko,” she said. “Pero kahit ano pong gawin ko 'yun lang po ang kaya kong ibigay.”
Both players just wanted the team to regain the title next year.
“Siguro bawi na lang sila next year. Pipilitin naman siguro nila. Parang sabi nga ni coach diretso ensayo sila wala ngang pahinga,” said Rosario, sister of former National University star and current Talk ‘N Text player Troy Rosario.
The 6-foot middle hitter Rosario said that she felt that they were out of focus and didn’t play as a team.
“Parang nagkanya-kanya na kami kanina. Siguro ibalik na lang nila yung parang last season na gel ng team. Teamwork talaga. Parang yung nga ang nangyari kanina, nagkanya-kanya kami,” she said.
“Siguro yung iba sa amin nervous and ako na-sprain (left ankle) kasi ako (noong Wednesday sa practice) and hindi lang sprain kasi sumasakit din ang tuhod ko. 'Yung mga kakampi ko may nararamdaman din and talagang off lang kami,” she added.
Arellano, which campaigned without last season’s Finals Most Valuable Player because of a knee injury, finished the eliminations at second spot with an 8-1 record to gain a bye at the start stepladder semifinals.
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