Nakukulangan pa ako sa laro ko -- UST's Lastimosa
Mark Escarlote on Mar 11, 2017 11:06 PM
Medyo pigil siguro kulang pa talaga (ang laro ko). Kahit ako sa sarili ko nakukulangan pa talaga -- Pam Lastimosa
Graduating player Pam Lastimosa thinks that she can still do better even after coming up with her best performance so far in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Saturday.
The fourth year University of Sto. Tomas hitter dropped 10 points in the Tigresses’ 25-21, 25-15, 25-23 win over the University of the East Lady Warriors at the Big Dome.
Averaging a paltry 3.14 points in the Espana-based squad’s first seven games, Lastimosa snapped her scoring slump by smashing seven attacks in 11 attempts while landing three service aces.
Behind this season’s breakout game of Lastimosa, UST collected its fourth straight win to improve to 5-3 win-loss record tied with idle National University.
“Well it was good naman,” said Lastimosa, who skipped last year’s action because of a knee injury. “It was a good game for all of us, and umaangat na standings naming. I’m very happy panalo.”
Still the 23-year-old opposite hitter is not satisfied with her game.
“Medyo pigil siguro kulang pa talaga (ang laro ko),” she said. “Kahit ako sa sarili ko nakukulangan pa talaga.”
Lastimosa added that she must be, “more of mentally prepared.”
Something that coach Kungfu Reyes pointed out.
“Somehow, oo (nag-iingat siya) kasi hindi pa ganoon katagal naglalaro si Pam and one year siyang nabakante,” he said. “May tamang duda pa rin ‘yan kung paano gagalaw. Nag-aalalay pa eh.”
Reyes added that Lastimosa is yet to regain her top form.
“Malayo pa siya sa ginagalaw niya. Siguro nasa 40% pa lang yan si Pam. Wala pang nilalaro ‘yan,” the mentor said. “Meron pa siyang aayusin. Umiskor siya ng 10 points pero wala pa siya sa kalahati ng kung sino si Pam Lastimosa. Hinahanap pa namin ‘yun. Marami pang ilalabas ‘yan si Pam.”
Reyes will need more of Lastimosa on Wednesday when the Tigresses attempt to win its fifth straight and avenge its first round loss against the streaking Ateneo de Manila.
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