UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Na-stare down ko si Jema -- Deanna Wong

Mark Escarlote on Mar 26, 2018 03:16 PM
UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Na-stare down ko si Jema -- Deanna Wong
SWAG 101: It's part of the game, whether you like it or not.

It seemed that the match between Ateneo de Manila University and Adamson University had more color into it than just a fiercely contested battle in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament last Sunday.

The controversial term ‘swag’ came to play.

Setter Deana Wong admitted, on record, that she had an ‘in your face’ encounter with Queen Falcon Jema Galanza.

And boy, this girl got swag written all over her.

“(Expletives), nag-stare down ako kay Jema,” said the third year playmaker as she, skipper Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino were preparing for a postgame interview following the Lady Eagles’ 24-26, 25-19, 21-25, 26-24, 15-12, victory at the Big Dome that assured Ateneo at least a playoff for  Final Four spot.   

Madayag, cool and composed, reprimanded the playmaker as recorders and video cameras were already rolling.

“Stop cursing, there are recorders,” she said trying to calm down the visibly still hyped up Wong.

The match was filled with great plays and exciting action but the reactions of players on both sides after a point scored added more color to an already thrilling game.

Wong gave Galanza a good stare down after a kill block in the fourth set when Ateneo was making a rally.

To be fair, Galanza also had her ‘stare down’ moment against Wong in the same frame.

Some call it swag, others demonized it as ‘yabang’ but at the end the day these on game or court antics - in any sport – are nothing but ways to intimidate your opponent.

The exact term for that part of the game is psychological warfare.

If it affects you, then it means your opponent did a good job of getting under your skin and throwing you out of your game. You just lost the psywar game.

Always remember, ‘Ang pikon, laging talo.’   



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