UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Worth it lahat ng pagod -- Kath Arado
Sobrang worth it po (ng hirap), sobra-sobrang worth it na lahat ng pagod na ginagawa namin sa training, sa game -- Kath Arado
University of the East interim coach Rod Roque had nothing but praises for prized libero Kath Arado.
The fourth-year defense specialist delivered another stellar performance to help the Lady Warriors make another history with a 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24, win over University of Sto. Tomas in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday in UE’s first back-to-back victories in six years.
“Eh No. 1 naman yan eh. No. 1 yan sa UAAP, No. 1 yan sa puso namin,” said Roque, who in his third match as interim coach already achieved the same number of wins resigned mentor Francis Vicente collected in three and a half seasons.
“Kahit na sa practice nga eh, babalagbag 'yan. ‘Kath, okay ka lang ba?’ 'Opo okay pa po ako.' Pero kita mo 'yung pain sa mukha niya, andoon kasi bumalagbag na,” he added. “Kath, you're No. 1, you're the one!”
The Season 77 Rookie of the Year served as the catalyst of UE’s second straight upset since closing the first round with a five-set shocker over Adamson University.
Arado had 32 excellent receptions and 28 digs to frustrate the Tigresses, which dropped its fourth straight game to join their tormentors with 2-6 win-loss record.
“Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm kasi 'yung mga pinaghihirapan namin, hindi lang individual, as a team din, 'yung pinaghihirapan namin sa training, lalo na ngayon, on-going 'yung ano namin, (academic) finals,” said Arado. “So 'yung sacrifice na nangyayari sa amin individual, napupunan na at nakikita na sa game. Tapos nananalo na kami. So ang saya sa feeling.”
It was Arado’s fourth win as a Lady Warrior and her first against UST, which was the first team she faced as a freshman.
The victory was UE’s first against the Espana-based squad in the Final Four era that started in 1994.
“Sobrang laking bagay po, kasi 'yung unang-una, 'yung disiplina natutunan na,” said Arado of significance of the win. “Hindi ka na yung magsasabi na, 'Oy ganito gawin.' Kusa na eh, kusa na. Yun nga, laging sinasabi nila Sir (Roque), mga coaching staff namin na disiplina muna sa sarili, kasi yun ang umpisa eh, disiplina.”
The Lady Warriors worked hard for the victory, coming from behind in the first, third and fourth sets to steal the match.
UE went down, 22-24, in the fourth set before mounting a rally capped by a UST miscue to stun the Tigresses.
“Sobrang worth it po (lahat ng hirap), sobra-sobrang worth it na lahat ng pagod na ginagawa namin sa training, sa game,” said Arado. "Parang hindi mo na maiinda yung mga sakit sa katawan, mga injury. Kasi wala eh, ang saya. Nakikita mong naghihirap din ang teammates mo para lang mapuntos ang bola, kaya sobrang saya.”
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