UAAP VOLLEYBALL: UP dedicates win for beloved Tita Lourdes

Mark Escarlote on Apr 04, 2018 11:02 PM
UAAP VOLLEYBALL: UP dedicates win for beloved Tita Lourdes
When no one was actually there to support us, when no one wanted to sponsor the team, Tita Lourdes gave money, really from her own pocket to support us, for food, for scholarships and everything -- Ayel Estranero on alumni association president Lourdes Guerrero, who passed away recently

University of the Philippines had some extra motivation in its win over National University Wednesday.

Not only did the Lady Maroons needed a victory to remain in the hunt for a Final Four spot in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament, UP also wanted to win for a very special supporter.

The Lady Maroons wore a black armband during their straight sets 25-18, 25-22, 25-20, demolition of freefalling National University at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan as they mourn the passing of UP Women's Volleyball Alumni Association president Lourdes Guerrero.

UP players dedicated their win for Guerrero for her generosity, genuine love and belief in the team.  

“Tita Lourdes, the president of our alumni association, passed away last week. She was in a coma for two years, she was the one who really started the alumni association of the volleyball team,” said Lady Maroon Ayel Estranero.

“When no one was actually there to support us, when no one wanted to sponsor the team, Tita Lourdes gave money, really from her own pocket to support us, for food, for scholarships and everything,” she added. "Our game today was really dedicated to her.”

The win improved the UP’s win-loss record to 4-8, tied with University of Sto. Tomas. The Lady Maroons handed the Lady Bulldogs their fifth straight loss as NU dropped to 6-6, which kept UP still in the thick of the race for a semis spot.

Estranero remembered how Guerrero helped the team in any way that she can. How their Tita Lourdes believed in them when most doubted their ability to compete against powerhouse teams in the league.

“She's really the backbone of everything, she funded everything,” she said.

“Dati kung wala kaming sasakyan, kotse niya. Kung walang driver, siya nagda-drive. Hindi lang siya sponsor, she was like a mother to us, a sister, a friend,” Estranero added. “Tita Lourdes was really everything to us.”

“But the lower batches I think, they weren't able to get to know Tita Lourdes on a deeper level because she was in a coma for two years,” she continued. “She had an aneurysm, nagka-aneurysm siya and then parang humina na ang katawan and everything, nagka-stroke siya, sunod-sunod na. The family just really waited na siya mismo, mag-give up.”

UP had it’s back against the wall when the Lady Maroons faced NU, but the Lady Maroons knew they can’t lose this match.

It was for their Tita Lourdes.

 

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