UAAP VOLLEYBALL: UST Fil-Italian hitter Alessandrini out for the rest of first round
Mark Escarlote on Feb 11, 2018 07:48 PM
UST Fil-Italian rookie Milena Alessandrini will be out for at least the rest of the first round because of a shoulder injury.
University of Sto. Tomas’ campaign in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament suffered another major blow on the same day that libero Rica Rivera went down with a knee injury Sunday.
Fil-Italian rookie Milena Alessandrini could miss the remainder of the first round of eliminations because of partial suprastinatus tear on her right shoulder.
“Oo meron, meron (siya iniinda). May strain sa shoulder pero gagawan na namin ng paraan. Kanan (na balikat),” said Tigresses coach Kungfu Reyes.
Alessandrini was able to play through pain in UST’s sorry 25-16, 22-25, 22-25, 23-25, loss to Ateneo de Manila University at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan that put the Tigresses to a 1-2 tie with their tormentors.
The 6-foot-1 open spiker finished with 11 points. Alessandrini averaged 11.67 points per game in their first three outings.
“Pero at least sinubukan niya, tignan mo ‘yung drive ni Milena. ‘Yung willingness niya, ‘yung will to win nandoon,” said Reyes. “Kapag may nararamdaman kang ano (injury) kahit anong pilit mo mahihirapan eh pero at least binigay niya ang sarili niya hanggang sa dulo.”
Alessandini is set to undergo treatment on Tuesday.
The rookie has been nursing pain on her shoulder since UST’s five-set loss to grand slam-seeking De La Salle University a week ago.
“May konting, konting partial tear ‘yung ano dito (shoulder) namamaga,” said Reyes. “Pero ang maganda naman doon partial lang, hindi siya major injury.”
“Hindi na, hindi namin isusugal. Babayaan muna namin sa locals ‘to. Kesa mawala ng matagal, gagawan na namin ng paraan,” he added. “‘Di ko alam kung (hanggang kailan wala) pero baka buong first round na.”
The Tigresses lost Rivera early in the first set when the libero went down with a meniscus tear on her right knee according to initial medical assessment before she was rushed to UST Hospital.
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