No goodbye: Sy set to be part of FEU coaching staff
Mark Escarlote on Apr 20, 2016 08:02 PM
Far Eastern University setter Gyzelle Sy will be hanging up her no. 14 jersey but her services for the green and gold will continue.
There is no goodbye for Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraw Gyzelle Sy.
The fifth year setter played her last game Wednesday as the curtain in her collegiate career came to a close together with Lady Tams bidding adieu to the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament after falling short of a Finals stint bid against the might of De La Salle University.
Yes, she will be hanging up her no. 14 jersey but her services for the green and gold will continue.
Head coach Shaq Delos Santos in a postgame interview named Sy as his deputy for setters in making sure that the Recto-based squad will have a steady offensive distributor come Season 79.
“Sinabi ko nga sa kanya kanina na hindi ka naman mawawala e. Ikaw ‘yung magtuturo ngayon sa setter,” said the FEU mentor after the Lady Tams bowed down in the Final Four do-or-die match, 15-25, 25-27, 21-25, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Sy, who returned to the team after skipping last year’s edition due to an injury, is expected to share her expertise to Kyle Angela Negrito and Maria Angelica Cayuna as the team builds up for next season.
“Kinuha ako nina coach. Ang sabi niya kung gusto ko raw na maging coach ako ng mga setter para turuan ko sila. Ok naman sa akin, payag naman ako kasi gusto ko pa rin makatulong sa team,” said the 23-year-old playmaker.
In her last dance, Sy dished out 32 excellent sets in 67 attempts.
Filled with emotion she was thankful for the chance of exiting with a medal.
“Sobrang grabe. Kanina pinagsalita ako nina coach, nag-thank you sila. Sobrang iyak talaga ako ng iyak, humahagulgol ako pati mga teammates ko umiiyak,” Sy said. “So sabi ko sa kanila na nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila kasi sobrang memorable talaga ang season na ito para sa akin.
“Sa buong naglaro ako ng UAAP ngayon lang ako makakakuha ng medal bronze pa. Para sa akin OK na sa akin ‘yun pero siyempre may next year pa sila e.”
It was a bittersweet ending for her career inside the court, but the petite and heady playmaker will surely stay with FEU.
“Kanina nagsasalita pa ako, hagulgol, lahat umiiyak. Ang sabi ko sa kanila, wag sila umiyak cheer up kasi di pa naman ako patay. Kasi babalik pa naman ako sa kanila para tulungan sila kasi nga once a Tamaraw is always a Tamaraw,” said Sy, who added that for now she will be concentrating on her graduation.
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