Gaiser suffers ACL tear, ends collegiate career
Mark Escarlote on Mar 06, 2017 04:12 PM
No regrets even with this surprising end! -- UP libero Princess Gaiser
The University of the Philippines’ campaign in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament suffered a major blow when graduating libero Princess Gaiser’s season came to an abrupt end after sustaining a left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear.
Gaiser is set to undergo surgery under Dr. Ral Canlas Monday according to a statement by UP team manager Cecile Ronquillo a day after the libero was stretchered out of the court early in the opening set in the Lady Maroons’ match against the National University Lady Bulldogs at the MOA Arena.
“I will do everything just to play this sport til I couldn’t literally stand anymore. It hurts me to think that I have left my UAAP volleyball career without meeting my expectations as a player,” the 21-year-old Lady Maroon posted on her Instagram account.
I will do everything just to play this sport til I literally couldn't stand anymore. It hurts me to think that I have left my UAAP volleyball career without meeting my expectations as a player. My career comprises of approximately 13 injuries, multiple heartaches, unending battle scars, unexplainable feelings, picture perfect memories....13 years of ball is life and it still drives me crazy! No regrets even with this surprising end! Now its time to close this door and open a new one. #UPFight #GitingxTapang #UPAllTheWay The fight is not yet over!! My teammates will complete my dreams!! I know we can put up a fight because theres nowehere to go but UP!!!!
Gaiser’s knee buckled under her while trying to cover the attack of teammate Diana Carlos with the Lady Maroons trailing the Lady Bullogs, 2-4, in the first set.
She went down on the floor grimacing in pain.
Gaiser was stretchered back to their dugout and immediately checked by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas.
With an immobilizer strapped on her left leg and sitting on a wheelchair, Gaiser watched her team give a gallant stand against the Lady Bulldogs but the Diliman-based squad still came up short in the end, 23-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 12-15, to fall to its third straight defeat.
UP closed the first round of eliminations with a 4-3 win-loss card tied with Far Eastern University, NU and University of Sto. Tomas.
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