Through sweat and tears, Laure leads UST back to Final Four
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 08, 2017 07:02 PM
STAND UP EIGHT. EJ Laure wasn't letting herself be taken out of a win that would send UST to its first playoffs since 2012.
One moment, EJ Laure was in the air and about to put down the hammer that would have pushed University of Sto. Tomas closer to a five-set victory versus National University on Saturday.
The following moment, Laure was sitting on the taraflex and was clutching her right foot.
Not long after, the 19-year-old shook off whatever she was feeling and stood right back up.
Only, the next time cameras closed up on her, her eyes were welling up with tears.
Contrary to popular belief, however, the Golden Tigress wasn’t crying because of her bad landing. As she put it, “Feeling ko, kaya ako umiyak, hindi dahil dun sa sprain, (kundi) dahil dun sa malapit na kami.”
Laure was referring to the two points UST needed to end a four-year title drought – a drought had also affected her rookie season a year ago. “Tungkol sa laro talaga yung tears,” she expressed.
Indeed, the pride of Espana said the pain from her right foot didn’t slow her down in any way. “Mga 70 percent (yung pain). Nandun pa rin, pero kinaya naman,” she said.
More than that, Laure wasn’t letting herself be taken out of a win that would send the Tigresses to their first playoffs since 2012. “Nasa isip ko, matatapos na yung game tapos dun pa ako na-sprain. Pero ang gusto ko lang kasi talaga, matapos yung game na nandun ako,” she said.
That much was also evident for coach Kungfu Reyes who said, “Tatanungin ko muna (yung player) kung kaya o hindi, pero tumayo e so good indication. Talagang nakikipagdigmaan ng totoo e.”
Post-game, the second-year spiker was walking without any problem and re-assured the UST community that she was a-okay.
And why wouldn’t she be? “Sobrang nakakatuwa kasi na-achieve na namin yung isang goal namin,” she said.
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