PVL: Tots Carlos thinks this is the hungriest UP has ever been
Danine Cruz on Sep 12, 2018 11:30 PM
Tots Carlos thinks that this is the hungriest UP Lady Maroons has ever been.
For the past 36 years, not once did University of the Philippines taste a championship in any major league.
But on one stormy Wednesday night, the Lady Maroons ended their title drought in the second season of the PVL Collegiate Conference at the expense of Far Eastern University.
They achieved all this in spite of not having their ace Tots Carlos.
Carlos was sidelined for the PVL due to a stress fracture in her right shin. She has been recovering from the injury for four months already.
With UP achieving such a huge feat without her, Carlos can't deny the mix of emotions she is in right now.
"Syempre happy [ako] pero sa lugar ko mixed emotions kasi syempre history, sino ba namang may ayaw na kasama kang naglalaro knowing na yun nga, makakatulong ka sa team," she said.
However, her hurting right shin did not stop her from showing support for the Lady Maroons. Carlos stood near the court together with her other teammates, screaming UP Fight for almost every single moment regardless if they were leading or not.
"Cheer lang kami. Sabi ko sa mga teammates ko, wag tayong tumigil kahit sobrang down na nila cheer pa rin kami ng cheer," she recalled about their cheering moments as their chants were joined by the screams from hundreds of UP supporters present at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
"Sobrang nagulat kami. Grabe yung first game saka game two ng Finals, sobrang dami ng tao. On behalf of my team, gusto ko mag thank you sa kanila na kahit down yung team, kahit sampu pa yung lamang ng kalaban, di sila tumitigil sa pag cheer," she elaborated.
Aside from her overflowing gratitude to the UP community for pressing on with the team, Carlos' pride for her teammates specifically tournament and Finals MVP Isa Molde, Ayel Estranero, and Marian Buitre was overflowing too.
"Sobrang proud [ako kay Isa], sobrang nag-step up sya eh. Dati di mo naman maiiwasan, [kapag] andun ako, syempre iniiisip mo oh katulong ko naman si ganito eh. Pero ngayon sobrang nag-step up sya. Pero lahat nag contribute. Si Marian [Buitre], sobrang nag imporve din. Si Ayel [Estranero], wala akong masabi," she said beaming with pride.
"Sobrang shookt ako sa teammates ko kasi kahit UAAP game never ko sila nakita ganyan ka gutom sa panalo," she added.
She rushed to the court the moment the championship point from Estranero's service ace was called hugging her teammates especially the seniors.
Tournament MVP Isa Molde emotional after UP's first ever championship in any major league in 36 years. She is being hugged by injured Tots Carlos. #PVLCollegiateConference2018 @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/7AYP5uqpds— Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) September 12, 2018
Looking forward to their next few preparations and their main league, the UAAP, Carlos vows to come back strong especially that she is already getting back to the grind.
"Nagte-training na ako konti konti, and then nagiintay na lang ako ng clearance. Pero nakaka-spike na ako. Bibigay ko talaga best ko kahit anong laro pa yan," she said.
Now that the Lady Maroons have showed such hunger for a win, expect a hungrier UP and wilder UP crowd in their next tournaments.
"Sana di mag sawa [yung fans], and start pa lang to eh, UAAP sana andun pa rin sila. Lagi lang nila iisipin na lahat ng ginagawa namin para sa kanila," Carlos said.
Given this achievement, UP has shown that they have come a long way from their losing years. With a topnotch coach in Godfrey Okumu, a promising lineup of players, and an enamored crowd, the Lady Maroons have nowhere to go but up.
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