Ipinagmamalaki kong galing akong UE -- Arado
Mark Escarlote on Oct 30, 2019 01:56 PM
Kaming magba-batch,[ako] gusto ko talaga na magbago ang tingin nila sa UE. Kasi not all the time na basta-basta lang ang UE kasi may mga players talaga na kayang iangat ang UE -- PHI national women's volleyball team libero Kath Arado
TOKYO -- Landing a spot in the Philippine national women’s volleyball team is a dream come true for libero Kath Arado.
But what gives Arado the biggest satisfaction is the fact that her inclusion in the national squad is a testament that the University of the East volleyball program can produce players fit to represent the country in the international arena.
A former Lady Warrior, Arado’s goal is to help change the culture in UE, which for the duration on her five-year stay lumbered at the cellar of the UAAP standings.
“Kaming magba-batch,[ako] gusto ko talaga na magbago ang tingin nila sa UE. Kasi not all the time na basta-basta lang ang UE kasi may mga players talaga na kayang iangat ang UE,” said Arado, who is making her first Southeast Asian Games stint.
The UAAP Season 77 rookie of the year showed great potential during her stay with UE. She was the Lady Warriors’ most important weapon on floor defense and her love for the school never wavered despite playing in UE’s dark days.
Arado, overall, saw only eight victories in five seasons with her swan song laced with only three wins.
But despite all of that, Arado claimed individual accolades for her floor defense including two best digger awards, a best receiver and the UAAP Season 81 Best Libero recognition.
And her talent wasn’t left unnoticed.
When national team head coach Shaq Delos Santos formed the national squad, he already had Arado on his list. In fact, Arado was also listed in the U-23 squad when the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. announced the national team pool last year.
“Nakaka-proud din talaga. Kapag kasi sinabi mo na sa larangan ng volleyball dito sa Manila lalo na UE, ‘Ah UE lang yan’. Di ba noong naglalaro ako ng UAAP yun talaga ang tinatanong sa akin,” said Arado, a former national U-19 team standout.
“Ngayong nandito na sa national team tapos sa senior pa, dala-dala ko ‘yung UE pati yung team ko sa Generika,” she added.
Arado made her debut with the senior team in Thailand for the first leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix where she helped the Nationals bag bronze. She again powered the country to a third place finish in the second leg in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Now Arado, who is playing alongside another accomplished libero in Dawn Macandili, is marching on her biggest stage yet with the huge goal of bringing the Philippines to a podium finish in the biennial meet set to begin next month in Manila.
“Dun ko talaga [ipinagmamalaki] na dito ako nanggaling sa UE. Nakaka-proud din kasi hindi na lang basta-basta ang UE,” she said. “Kahit unti-unti binabago talaga namin ang culture kaya nakaka-proud maging part ng community ng UE.”
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