The booing has to stop -- Ateneo setter Jia Morado

Mark Escarlote on Apr 26, 2016 03:43 PM
The booing has to stop -- Ateneo setter Jia Morado
What we don’t appreciate last game was the booing that came from both sides -- Jia Morado

The rivalry between the two-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles and De La Salle Lady Spikers reach fever-pitch whenever the two teams go at it inside the court.

Intensity, aggressiveness and some trash talking and stare downs aren’t new to these girls.

It’s all part of the game. A product of intense passion for the sport.

But what ticked off Ateneo de Manila setter Jia Morado was the non-stop booing of the almost 20,000 supporters on some players on both sides last Saturday when the Lady Spikers swept the Lady Eagles, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21, to open the best-of-three 78th UAAP women’s volleyball Finals series.

The loud bellowing sound of boos echoed throughout the Big Dome last Saturday whenever a specific ‘hated’ player from each side was serving or getting her face plastered on the big screen above the court.

“Ang isang comment ko lang talaga is during the game. Kami-kami kasi sa court sobrang nirerespeto namin ang isa’t isa kahit gaano man sila ka-intense at mag-trash talk sobra pa rin ang respeto namin,” said the third year playmaker.

“What we don’t appreciate during the last game, I know you didn’t ask this, but what we don’t appreciate last game was the booing that came from both sides,” Morado added.

The 20-year-old Lady Eagle hopes that this will not happen on Wednesday in Game 2 of the Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City as Ateneo tries to hold on to their crown in their fifth straight championship series against DLSU. 

“Kasi sa totoo lang sport siya. Parang why waste your time booing when you can cheer on whoever you are supporting,” she said. “If you cheer for them we don’t have a problem with that. If they cheer for us we have no problem with that but the booing has to stop.

“Kasi ang sama ng dating e. Kasi if one person boos, the whole side nadadamay e. Tapos ano lang parang it doesn’t help anyone,” Morado added. “I don’t get what kind of satisfaction you guys get from booing but it’s something na it has to stop. Medyo uncalled for lang, na parang why can’t you just enjoy the sport na both teams are playing because we both love the sport and everyone’s watching because they love the sport. Just love there’s no need for hate.”

Her comments were also directed towards some fans who use different social media platforms to bash on players.

“I’m perfectly aware that there are bashers. Everyone has bashers, I just know when to look and I know how to filter naman and I know everyone in the court knows how to filter no matter what team,” she said.

“It’s just that sometimes I don’t understand what kind of satisfaction they get from bashing.”

If necessary, Game 3 is on Saturday.





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