PVL: Ebon flies high in FEU debut
Mark Escarlote on Jul 22, 2018 08:17 PM
Far Eastern University coach George Pascua sees a lot of potential in rookie Lycha Ebon.
Filling in the shoes of a veteran hitter and scorer like Bernadeth Pons is a tall order.
But Far Eastern University head coach George Pascua may have found a diamond in a rough in rookie Lycha Ebon.
Though playing as an opposite hitter, the 18-year old Davao native is seen by Pascua as a vital piece who could take on the role vacated by open hitter Pons, who has exhausted all her playing years for the Lady Tams after leading FEU to a runner-up finish in UAAP Season 80.
The seasoned mentor was all praises for his rookie especially after a good debut performance Sunday when the 5-foot-8 hitter scored 11 points in FEU’s 25-19, 32-30, 15-25, 24-26, 15-4, win over College of St. Benilde in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Possible, possible (siyang next Pons) kasi first year eh. Eh alam mo naman kapag first year hindi ganyan ang nilalaro medyo kabado pa pero ngayon tingnan mo. Siguro sa stats isa siya sa mga nag-step up,” said Pascua.
The lefty Ebon scored all but one of her points off kills and was given the starting spot in all sets as replacement for Toni Rose Basas, who is still recovering from an ear operation and skipping the tournament.
Ebon also took jersey No. 2, which Pons used during her time as a Lady Tam, thus the high expectations and comaparison with the jersey number’s previous owner.
But Ebon said that she didn’t pick the number on purpose.
“Wala na pong number eh. Wala na akong choice,” she said.
Even with a good first game, the freshman admitted that she still has a lot to learn and improve on playing in the Big City.
“Malaking adjustment yung ano ko kanina. Medyo mahirap kanina kasi first time ko sa Manila, taga-Davao kasi ako kaya kailangan pa ng konting push,” said Ebon. “’Yung mga kalaban po ang lalakas kasi talaga ng Manila kumpara sa Davao.”
Pascua learned about the Davaoena talent through an FEU fan page and pursued Ebon, who was also recruited by De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas.
“Actually, (na-recruit) lang yan sa fan page ng FEU. May nagsabi na ‘coach may ganito, ganyan’ sabi ko ‘sige kako, bisitahin ko’. Pinunatahan namin sa Davao and na-convince naman namin pero before kasi may kumukuha na ring ibang schools sa kanya,” he said.
“Sila yung pumunta sa akin sa Davao,” according to Ebon. “’Yung eagerness nila na gusto talaga nila ako kaya napili ko sila.”
Asked if she is looking at her future as the next Queen Tamaraw, Ebon would rather let her game do the talking.
“Tignan natin. Malalaman natin,” she said.
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