Isi-shave (ang buhok) kapag natalo pa kami -- Lady Blazers

Mark Escarlote on Jan 05, 2017 06:25 PM
Isi-shave (ang buhok) kapag natalo pa kami -- Lady Blazers
College of St. Benilde players sported a short hair as punishment after their loss to Lyceum of the Philippines last month.

The College of St. Benilde players sported a new look.

Nope, the girls of coach Macky Carino aren’t following a new hairstyle trend for 2017.

The reigning champion Lady Blazers are using it as a motivation for the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball.

Some sort of self-flagellation. 

Players of the Taft-based squad decided to cut their hair short as punishment after their five-set loss to Lyceum of the Philippines University last month.  

“Kasi parang sugal nila ‘yun eh. Kapag natalo ng isang game putol ng buhok sila-sila,” said Carino Thursday after CSB’s 12-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-19, win against the San Beda Lionesses at The Arena in San Juan.

Coming into the season, the Lady Blazers set a goal to sweep the tournament in their bid for a back-to-back.  

“Usapan na nila ‘yun kasi ang target namin this season, kami-kami lang, sweep talaga,” Carino said. “So kapag ‘di namin na-sweep at natalo ng isa, putol ng buhok.”

Carino welcomed the decision of the team, seeing it as sign of unity and dedication among his players. 

“Sila-sila kasi ang nag-uusap eh. Nagulat na lang ako a few days after ng game namin against LPU pagbalik ko putol na ang buhok nila,” he said. “So sabi ko at least nakikita ko na buo ang team ko. Sila-sila gumagawa ng paraan para ma-motivate.”

Third-year middle Ranya Musa, who had 11 points, explained that it was the decision of the whole team to trim their hair each time they drop a match.

The Lady Blazers had their first trip to the salon a few days after CSB dropped a 22-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-20, 10-15, decider against LPU. They sported a shoulder-length haircut in their bounce back win against Emilio Aguinaldo College but then decided to crop their tops a bit more during the holiday break.        

“Actually usapan namin ng teammate namin na si Rachel Austerio na ‘pag hindi namin na-sweep ay magpapagupit kami ng short hair, super short hair,” said Musa, who had to part with her long flowing hair. “Kasi kaming lahat na babae ayaw talaga naming magpa-super short hair. So nung natalo kami nada-down kami kasi nga natalo kami and then ‘yun parang nagpa-short hair kami. Doon naming na-boost ang confidence namin para manalo kami sa EAC at ngayon sa Beda.”

The Lady Blazers, now at solo second with a 6-1 card, still have two games left in the elimination round against Arellano University on Wednesday before the Finals rematch against unbeaten San Sebastian College (6-0) on January 25.

But what will happen if ever they lose again?   

“Ewan ko kung ano ang gagawin nila kapag natalo pa kami ng isang game,” said Carino.

Musa answered, “Isi-shave na namin kapag natalo pa po kami, hindi ko alam? Magsi-shave daw ‘yung next step kapag natalo kami, so dapat hindi.”

So, good luck girls.

 

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