Ateneo, DLSU will miss their newest, biggest cheerleaders
Mark Escarlote on Mar 03, 2017 09:40 AM
Actually gusto kong manood. Gusto ko naman talagang manood, lahat kami na gumraduate gusto naming manood -- Former De La Salle Lady Spiker Mika Reyes
Saturday’s Ateneo de Manila University-De La Salle University match will bring a new chapter to the storied rivalry.
Unfortunately, both teams will be missing their newest and biggest supporters watching on the sidelines when the Lady Eagles and reigning champion Lady Spikers march at center court of the Mall of Asia Arena for another epic battle.
Former Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez and DLSU’s ace middle Mika Reyes – the yin and yang of the rivalry for the past five years – won’t be there to cheer for their respective alma maters.
The two faced each other inside the court many times during their colorful collegiate career. They know what it was to play for their colors in front of a sold out crowd.
It could’ve been a chance for them to take their side of the arena, sitting beside the same crowd that cheered for them when they were still playing but their respective commitments prevent them from enjoying the Ateneo-La Salle match post-Valdez and Reyes era.
The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Valdez flew back to Thailand last Wednesday to continue her campaign with 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League.
Reyes, who helped the Taft-based squad win three titles including the Season 78 crown on her swan song, for her part will play on the same day in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference donning the Petron Blaze Spikers’ jersey against Sta. Lucia.
“Actually gusto kong manood. Gusto ko naman talagang manood, lahat kami na gumraduate gusto naming manood,” said the 5-foot-11 Reyes in an interview with The Score. “But sobrang sayang kasi opening ng (Philippine Superliga).”
The 22-year-old Reyes said that she’s very curious about being just a spectator of the rivalry.
“Gusto kong manood para ma-feel ko ‘yung ambience, ‘yung environment ng Ateneo-La Salle na audience ka,” she said. “Sabi ko, ano kaya ang feeling ng mga audience kapag nanonood sila kung ganoon ka-intense ang game?
“Kasi kami, ako as a player alam ko ang mood ko eh. Alam ko kung mabigat ako. Kung mabigat yung mga tao, kung maingay sila. Kung nakakakaba. So ngayon hindi ko mapi-feel. Sobrang sayang,” she added.
Valdez and Reyes have no choice but to let this Ateneo-La Salle showdown pass. But expect them to find time next time to witness the clash of blue and green.
“Sana sa second round!” exclaimed Reyes.
We all hope so.
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