PVL: Alessandrini drops 31 despite shoulder pain

Mark Escarlote on Sep 09, 2018 09:42 PM
PVL: Alessandrini drops 31 despite shoulder pain
Milena Alessandrini dropped 31 points to lead University of Sto. Tomas to a five-set win over Adamson University in the battle for third.

University of Sto. Tomas hitter Milena Alessandrini played her best game so far in a Tigresses uniform.

The sophomore was all over that stat sheet in the Tigresses’ 25-20, 27-29, 13-25, 25-19, 17-15, win over Adamson University in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference battle for third.

Alessandrini registered a personal-best 31 points on 24 kills, six kill blocks and an ace to lead UST’s offense.

The Fil-Italian did it all while nursing a lingering shoulder injury.

“Masakit pa rin ng konti siyempre sumusumpong-sumpong pa rin pero nato-tolerate naman niya, kaya okay lang,” said Alessandrini’s Tita Cora, who served as a translator for the spiker who is still struggling with English and Filipino.  

The Tigress suffered a right shoulder injury during UST’s campaign in UAAP Season 80 that forced her to miss the squad’s last four games in the elimination round. Alessandrini did return to action during that season but struggled in form as the Tigresses bombed out in the Final Four race.

Months into her recovery, Alessandrini slowly regained her form and played a vital role on offense together with rookie Eya Laure for UST.   

“Very happy siya nagpapasalamat siya sa kanyang mga coaches na na-reach niya ‘yan (career-high) so ngayon nakaka-adjust adjust siya,” said Tita Cora. “‘Yun lang very happy siya, satisfied naman siya sa naging laro niya.”

Aside from playing great on offense in the Tigresses’ revenge win over their elimination round tormentor, 6-foot-2 Alessandrini also churned up impressive numbers on floor defense.

She had 13 digs and 11 excellent receptions for UST.

With the bronze medal within reach, expect Alessandrini to once again lead the charge of the Tigresses on Wednesday in Game 2.

 

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