Nanibago talaga ako -- Pons on return to indoor volleyball
Noong una, sobrang nahirapan din ako kasi ngayon lang din ako ulit nakahawak ng bola sa indoor (volleyball) -- Bernadeth Pons
Far Eastern University top hitter Bernadeth Pons admitted that it took her a while to get back into indoor volleyball form.
Playing beach volleyball for the past three weeks and missing out on the Lady Tamaraws’ previous four games, Pons provided the leadership FEU needed to claim the last championship berth in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The graduating open hitter scored 15 points in the Lady Tams’ 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, Game 3 win in the best-of-three semifinals against Adamson University, but obviously struggled in early going of the match.
“Noong una, sobrang nahirapan din ako kasi ngayon lang din ako ulit nakahawak ng bola sa indoor (volleyball,” said Pons, who played only three games in the elimination round.
Pons missed the last two elims games of FEU as she joined University of Sto. Tomas' Sisi Rondina in the national team’s fifth place finish in the Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore last Sept 28 to 30.
FEU head coach George Pascua opted to sit out Pons and libero Kyla Atienza in the first two semis games to concentrate on the ongoing 80th UAAP beach volleyball tournament.
“Hindi na rin kasi ako sumasabay sa training ng indoor kasi focused talaga kami sa beach (volleyball),” said Pons, who had 14 digs and 11 excellent receptions.
“Pero naka-adjust din noong kalagitnaan,” she added. “Masaya kasi nakuha namin ito.”
FEU will take on National University in the best-of-three championship series beginning Wednesday. The match will also serve as a rematch of the V-League Season 11 Finals series which was won by the Lady Tams.
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