Sprained hand not a problem anymore for Ateneo setter Morado
Mark Escarlote on Apr 26, 2016 02:24 PM
OK naman siya, tolerable na ‘yung pain -- Jia Morado
Hampered by a stabbing pain on her right hand in Ateneo de Manila’s 78th UAAP women’s volleyball best-of-three championship series Game One loss, prized playmaker Jia Morado is confident that this time there will be no stopping her in helping the defending two-time champion Lady Eagles force a decider against De La Salle.
The third year setter said that there’s nothing to worry about her injury.
“OK naman siya, tolerable na ‘yung pain. I took medicine na for it and nadala na namin sa PT namin. It just needs rest but I can play better with it na kasi nate-tape naman namin,” said the 20-year-old playmaker.
Morado and the rest of Ateneo will try to force a sudden death on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City in their scheduled 4:00 p.m. encounter with bitter rival Lady Spikers.
Morado suffered the injury last Friday when she collided with a teammate during training.
“May kirot siya kasi sprain siya and it was the night before kaya I don’t have time to adjust to it,” she said.
“(But now) I can set with it na,” added Morado.
Despite her injury, Morado still registered 40 excellent sets in a lost cause, 22-25, 22-25, 21-25, in the series opener of the storied rivalry’s fifth straight Finals showdown.
“I don’t know how that happened,” a surprised Morado said.
The Lady Eagles, who never lost an opening game in the series in their two championships, need to win two games to complete a three-peat and give outgoing star three-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez and Amy Ahomiro.
“(Mahirap) pero like before we’re used to do-or-die games. We’re not putting pressure on ourselves talaga kahit pa sabihin nila na kapag natalo kami tapos na, kapag nanalo kami meron pa,” she said.
“It’s a game for us. It’s one game we’re preparing for no matter what the outcome.”
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