Yun na ang pinakamatagal ko sa service line -- Gequillana

Mark Escarlote on Mar 26, 2017 05:31 PM
Yun na ang pinakamatagal ko sa service line -- Gequillana
Sabi nga nila ako lang ang pinawisan doon eh sa third set -- Ateneo's Kim Gequillana on 16 service attempts in the third set

Ateneo de Manila University’s Kim Gequillana came six service attempts close to tying the UAAP record for the most number of serves in a single set.

But the seven-year record of former University of Sto. Tomas setter Rhea Dimaculangan will remain in the books after Gequillana overcooked her 16th attempt in the third set of the Lady Eagles’ 25-13, 25-13, 25-11, win over the hapless Adamson University in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at the Big Dome.        

Gequillana remained at the service line in the third set as the Lady Eagles built a 16-0 lead.  

“‘Yun na ata ang pinakamatagal ko na nasa service line,” said the fourth year Gequillana, who led Ateneo to its 10th win in 12 outings to move a step closer to formally bag a semis twice-to-beat advantage sans head coach Tai Bundit who flew back to Thailand for personal matters.

“Sabi nga nila ako lang ang pinawisan doon eh sa third set,” she added. “Medyo naman (napagod) sa service, parang doon ko ipinapakita ang responsibility ko and ‘yung opportunity ko doon ko talaga mina-maximize.”

Ateneo had a chance to extend its lead after the second technical timeout but the 20-year-old open hitter’s serve went long, giving the Lady Falcons its first point in the frame.   

“Kasi galing ‘yun ata after ng timeout so feeling ko parang nawala ang momentum ko siguro,” explained the Bacolod-native. “Medyo nag-add ng konting force na medyo sumobra siya. Konti na lang talaga sabi ko malapit na matapos.”

Gequillana immediately apologized to the bench after her service error.

“Kasi sinabi nila na parang tapusin ko ang laro na hanggang 25,” said the soft-spoken Lady Eagle. “Tapos nu’ng nag-out after ng timeout sabi ko talaga, ‘Sorry coach.’”

Ateneo was five points short of tying the most lopsided set start since University of Sto. Tomas built a 21-0 lead when the Tigresses demolished University of the East, 25-2, 25-15, 25-8, in Season 72 on January 9, 2010.    

Dimaculangan was at the service line 22 times before committing a service error in the most one-sided set win since the UAAP implemented the rally point system back in 2000.   

Gequillana said that she knew about the record and felt the pressure as the score went close to the end. 

“Naaala ko ‘yun pero siguro na-pressure rin ako na maabot ko ang 17-0. So parang habang paakyat ng paakyat ang score parang napi-pressure ako na kailangan ko ipasok ang lahat ng serve,” she admitted.

With Adamson playing without its main scorer Jema Galanza (illness), the Lady Eagles had the liberty to field its bench and Gequillana took the opportunity to collect 11 points coming from seven kills and four aces.

“Kasi minsan lang naman ako binibigyan ng playing time in front row so I guess I really wanted to maximize that opportunity by showing what I do best and showing what I trained for,” she said. “’Yun talaga ang motivation ko and pati na wala si coach Tai. I want him to feel na kahit wala siya kaya pa rin namin.”

The Lady Eagles can clinch the twice-to-beat advantage with another win in its last two assignments against University of the East on April 2 and archrival De La Salle University on April 8.

 

 

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