Dorog aggravates jumper's knee, set for tests on Monday
As in sobrang sakit (ng tuhod ko). Hindi na ako makatalon. Pero sa isip ko na kailangan namin 'to and kailangan nila ako. Dapat fifth set papasok ako pero pagtayo ko bumigay na talaga -- Justine Dorog
University of the Philippines standout Justine Dorog aggravated a lingering jumper’s knee Saturday in the fourth set of the Lady Maroons’ five-set defeat against Arellano University, according to initial assessment.
The third year utility player went down grimacing in pain and clutching her left knee late in the fourth after a bad landing in UP’s 25-22, 10-25, 19-25, 34-32, 3-15, defeat in Group B of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Maroons were on top 32-31 in the fourth when Dorog’s knee buckled. She played through pain to close the set before calling it a day and finishing with five points.
“Actually, may jumper's knee na kasi ako dati. Kasi nag-run ako tapos mali 'yung pag-land ko pero 'di ko napansin tapos paglipat ko ng puwesto dun na siya bumigay,” she said. “'Yun lang naman for now pero magpapa-check pa ako sa Monday kung ano ba talaga mayroon.”
Dorog explained that she has been nursing the injury since the last UAAP season.
“Matagal na 'to eh. Hindi ko matandaan,” she said. “Pero nagpapa-treat naman ako. (therapy). Mga last year (ko nakuha ang jumper's knee) sa UAAP.”
With their campaign for a semifinals berth on the line, Dorog wanted to push though in the fifth set.
“Kasi kailangan namin kunin talaga 'yung game as in do or die po,” said the Lady Maroon.
But the pain kept her out of the deciding set and she helplessly watched from the sidelines as Arellano U eliminated the Diliman-based squad in the semis race.
“As in sobrang sakit (ng tuhod ko). Hindi na ako makatalon. Pero sa isip ko na kailangan namin 'to and kailangan nila ako. Dapat fifth set papasok ako pero pagtayo ko bumigay na talaga,” she said.
“Nu’ng triny ko tumayo tapos naging OK siya, nilalagyan ako ng pro wrap pero paglakad ko biglang 'di na nag-ano 'yung tuhod ko,” according to Dorog, who was limping but was able to walk without any help as she left the arena.
UP closed their campaign with a 3-2 win-loss record.
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