Feeling ko parang 60% pa lang ako -- Arellano U hitter Arocha

Mark Escarlote on Nov 27, 2018 07:52 PM
Feeling ko parang 60% pa lang ako -- AU hitter Arocha
Kulang pa yung ipinapakita kong laro kaya sobrang laking pasasalamat ko sa teammates ko na nagagampanan nila ang responsibilidad nila -- Regine Arocha

Last year’s Finals Most Valuable Player Regine Arocha admitted that she’s far from the same explosive player who helped Arellano University capture back-to-back titles in the NCAA women’s volleyball competition.

The hitter, considered to be the Lady Chiefs’ leader this season after the departure of Jovielyn Prado, Anne Esguerra and Andrea Marzan, felt that she’s still adjusting to her role.

It doesn’t help that she’s nursing a nagging sore back and mild leg pain.    

“Sa ngayon feeling ko parang 60% pa lang ako,” said Arocha, also the Season 93 Best Opposite Spiker, Tuesday in the Lady Chiefs’ 25-17, 20-25, 25-18, 18-25, 16-14, win against College of St. Benilde at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Arocha finished with 14 points but Arellano U head coach Obet Javier wasn’t satisfied with his wards game despite the Lady Chiefs’ 2-0 record.   

“Sinabi ko kay Regine na talagang kailangan mong buhatin ang team mo,” said Javier, who gave his hitter a tongue-lashing during Arellano’s fourth set collapse. “Aminin man natin o hindi talagang siya ang sinasandalan ng team, kahit ako siya ang sinasandalan ko.”

“Lagi ko lang nire-remind sa kanya na kapag ikaw ang nawala, talagang mawawala ang team dahil ikaw ang tinitingala ng mga mga bata,” he added.

Arocha apologized for her lapses.  

“Kaya sobrang nagso-sorry ako kay coach,” a teary-eyed Arocha told Javier during their postgame interview. “Kaya gaya ng sinasabi ko kay coach, ‘Wait ka lang. Darating din tayo dyan’”

With her early struggles, Arocha was thankful to her teammates for stepping up.

Against the Lady Blazers, the only team which defeated the Lady Chiefs last year, Season 93 Rookie of the Year Necole Ebuen dropped 22 points while Princess Bello had 18 markers.

“Sa laro alam ko po kulang pa ako eh,” said Arocha. “Kulang pa yung ipinapakita kong laro kaya sobrang laking pasasalamat ko sa teammates ko na nagagampanan nila ang responsibilidad nila. Na kapag wala ako nandyan sila.”

 

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