PVL: Nandito na ulit ako -- EJ Laure
Mark Escarlote on Aug 18, 2019 02:57 PM
Siyempre sobrang happy kasi nasabi ko noong (UAAP Season 81) Finals nila na babalik [ako]. Sobrang happy ako na nandito na ulit ako kasama sila coach -- EJ Laure (Photo by Josh Albelda)
EJ Laure cherished her return on the volleyball court after a two-year absence.
The University of Sto. Tomas star may still be a long way from her ideal form years back, but the UAAP Season 77 Rookie of Year was just glad to once again don the Tigresses’ jersey.
“Siyempre sobrang happy kasi nasabi ko noong (UAAP Season 81) Finals nila na babalik [ako],” said Laure. “Sobrang happy ako na nandito na ulit ako kasama sila coach.”
The wing spiker made her comeback on Sunday as UST opened its Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference Group B campaign on a winning note after taking down Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-18, 25-13, 25-21, Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Laure last played in the Philippine Superliga late 2017 under the Foton banner where she sustained a shoulder injury that prevented her from suiting up for the Tigresses in UAAP Season 80 and in UST’s Season 81 championship stint, where the Espana-based squad led by Sisi Rondina and Eya Laure finished runner-up to Ateneo de Manila University.
EJ Laure admitted that it felt like her rookie debut all over again being back on the floor.
“Nanibago lang ako sa court kasi, ewan ko? Di ako nagko-court, di pa ako nagba-ball masyado kasi pinapalakas ko pa shoulders ko,” she said.
Laure played two sets where she started in the first and third frames.
“Sabi ko nga kay EJ para sa kanya yung PVL and UniGames namin kasi for two years [siya] sit out,” said UST head coach Kungfu Reyes.
“Familiarization ng laro nandyan pero yung actual game, yung energy, yung power wala pa rin,” added Reyes of Laure. “Ieensayo ulit namin kaya lang ano muna yung systematic talaga tapos holistic yung gagawin namin. Siyempre itetreasure ulit namin nandito na si EJ.”
Laure finished with two points off an ace and the game-clinching cross court hit. She also had five digs and a pair of excellent receptions.
Laure ace. UST up, 3-1, in the 3rd set pic.twitter.com/TjQ8xorWQ0— Mark Escarlote (@fromtheriles) August 18, 2019
Laure ends the match! pic.twitter.com/8qwTCYDfXJ— Mark Escarlote (@fromtheriles) August 18, 2019
For now, Laure doesn’t want to rush things but to slowly take her time to regain her old form.
“Siyempre gagawin ko lahat. Kahit hindi ako sa points, at least, tutulong ako sa kanila sa mga receive at tsaka sa pagsasalita sa kanila sa kung anong kaiangan nilang gawin para umayos yung laro nila,” said Laure.
The Laure sisters’ most-awaited tandem on court might not happen this tournament but EJ just wants to be ready when that time comes.
“Siyempre abangan natin sa UniGames or sa UAAP yung pagbabalik naming dalawa,” she said.
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