Ibibigay ko na lahat kasi huli ko na ‘to -- FEU's Remy Palma
Mark Escarlote on Apr 04, 2017 03:38 PM
Ibibigay ko na lahat kasi huli ko na ‘to eh, wala na akong ibang chance so lahat ng natitirang opportunity na meron pa sa amin iga-grab lang namin -- graduating FEU skipper Remy Palma
Graduating player Remy Palma is not ready to end her checkered career for Far Eastern University just yet.
With the Lady Tamaraws’ backs against the wall, Palma and the rest of the FEU crew will give their all Wednesday to stay in the hunt for a Final Four berth against another desperate team in the University of the Philippines in their last 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament elimination round match at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
FEU, UP and idle National University are in a three-way tie with identical 7-6 win-loss records behind solo third University of Sto. Tomas (8-5). Defending champion De La Salle University (11-2) and Ateneo de Manila (11-2) are through to the Final Four armed with twice-to-beat advantages.
The Lady Tams and Lady Maroons are on a must-win situation when they enter the court at 4:00 p.m. The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
The fifth year Palma doesn’t want that match to be her last.
“Para sa akin last playing year ko ‘to. Ayaw kong matapos na magiging ganoon lang ang resulta so kailangan mas paghirapan ko pa. Ako ang mangunguna sa kanila,” said Palma.
FEU is on a two-game roll, taming the Lady Bulldogs, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22, last Saturday to stay alive in the Final Four race.
The winner of the match will secure at least a semis berth playoff. The loser will get an early vacation. A win by UST against NU on Saturday will formally give the FEU-UP match winner the last semis seat.
Palma vowed to get that precious victory.
“Ibibigay ko na lahat kasi huli ko na ‘to eh, wala na akong ibang chance so lahat ng natitirang opportunity na meron pa sa amin iga-grab lang namin,” the skipper said. “Kailangan trabahuhin namin, kailangan ibuhos na lahat ng meron kami. Parang every game i-treat namin na last game na ng buhay namin.”
Palma has a crack crew of hitters in Bernadeth Pons, Toni Rose Basas, Jerrili Malabanan and setters Kyle Negrito and Gel Cayuna backing her up as the Lady Tams try to duplicate its four-set first round conquest of the Diliman-based squad.
UP, on the other hand, dropped an all-important match against UST, 20-25, 21-25, 16-25, and fell in a do-or-die end of elims match.
Just like Palma, the Lady Maroons duo of Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon are also eager to extend their collegiate career by winning this win or go home match. Another graduating senior libero Pia Gaiser had her stint put to an abrupt end due to an ACL injury midway in the season.
Setter Ayel Estrañero, Diana Carlos and Isa Molde must give everything they got to save the Lady Maroons from elimination.
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