Sprained ankle won't stop Tiamzon from suiting up Sunday

Mark Escarlote on Mar 02, 2017 03:11 PM
Sprained ankle won't stop Tiamzon from suiting up Sunday
Nicole Tiamzon of University of the Philippines will still be able to play on Sunday despite suffering a right ankle sprain Wednesday.

University of the Philippines hitter Nicole Tiamzon will be able to see action on Sunday when the Lady Maroons face National University at the end of the first round of eliminations of the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.

Team manager Cecile Ronquillo assured all UP faithful that the right foot sprain Tiamzon suffered in the second set of the Lady Maroons' match against Far Eastern University Wednesday is nothing serious.

“I would like to assure our supporters that Nicole is doing well,” according to Ronquillo in an interview with CNN Philippines. “Don’t worry you’ll see her back playing on Sunday.”

Tiamzon tweaked her ankle in the closing stretch of frame while UP was trailing, 20-23.

The Lady Maroons were able to steal the set but eventually bowed down to the Lady Tamaraws 17-25, 26-24, 23-25, 19-25, to absorb their second straight loss in six outings tied with their tormentors at third to fourth spots.     

Tiamzon, who as averaging 12 points per game in UP’s four-game romp but dipped in performance in the Lady Maroons’ back-to-back losses scoring four each, went down to the floor clutching her ankle after an attack in the tight second set. She was helped to the bench by team officials and medics and was stretchered back to their dugout.

The fifth year player returned to the bench to support her team but never came back in.

“It’s nothing serious. It’s a sprain. Coming down from a spike, she stepped on her teammate’s foot,” said Ronquillo. “It’s a sprain so she’s coming back to play Sunday.”

The Lady Maroons will take on the skidding Lady Bulldogs, who after a 3-0 start crashed down three in a row.



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