PVL: UST's Reyes praises rookie Hernandez's maturity
Mark Escarlote on Aug 25, 2019 07:35 PM
Nasa 80%, kasi marami pa pong dapat i-improve. Nakikita ko na rin ang sarili ko na nagma-mature na kahit papaano -- Imee Hernandez
University of Sto. Tomas head coach Kungfu Reyes lauded the maturity shown by rookie Imee Hernandez during the Tigresses’ hard-fought five-set win over upset-conscious College of St. Benilde.
The freshman delivered the crucial points in the deciding frame in the Tigresses’ second straight victory for a share of the lead in Group B of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference on Sunday.
Nagma-mature na siya. Ganito naman na siya, kailangan lang nito ang maturity,” said Reyes of the UST high school recruit.
“Ang maganda kasi may kasama siyang mas matanda sa kanya na kaya siyang i-compose, kaya siyang hatakin at kaya siyang i-guide,” Reyes added. “Ang maganda naman ay very responsive naman [siya] especially dun sa galaw. Yun naman ang importante dun. Ganito na to nu’ng high school pa lang.”
Hernandez displayed grace under pressure and clutch play as the middle scored 20 points including six in the fifth set.
The 5-foot-9 freshman got 20 points off 16 spikes, three kill blocks and an ace but her biggest contribution came in the closing stretch of the fifth when she scored back-to-back points to give UST enough breathing space to escape.
Hernandez delivered a quick attack and kill block on Mycah Go to cap UST’s 3-0 rally to take a 13-11 advantage in the fifth. Gayle Pascual stopped the bleeding for Lady Blazers before Hernandez’s quick attack that put UST at match point, setting up sophomore Rachelle Roldan’s game-clinching crosscourt hit.
But even with a great outing, Hernandez stressed that she still has a lot to improve on.
“Nasa 80%, kasi marami pa pong dapat i-improve. Nakikita ko na rin ang sarili ko na nagma-mature na kahit papaano,” said Hernandez. “Dati po kasi sa high school kapag napagsasabihan na po ako, nawawala na po ako agad. Ngayon mas nagi-improve na po siya ngayon.”
Hernandez was quick to downplay her heroics in her breakthrough game and gave credit to her teammates.
“Yun nga po sabi ni coach mga mature na rin po ang kasama ko sa court. Kumbaga mas madali na po ang trabaho ko para sa akin,” she said.
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