UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Lalaruin ko ang last games ko sa Araneta -- Polvorosa
Mark Escarlote on Apr 25, 2018 06:36 PM
Ayoko na ito ang last game ko. Hindi ako maglalaro ng last game ko sa MOA, hindi ako maglalaro ng last game ko sa San Juan Arena. Lalaruin ko ang last games ko sa Araneta -- Ateneo setter Ish Polvorosa
Much has been said about the power and scoring prowess of Marck Espejo, but Ateneo de Manila University head coach Oliver Almadro didn’t hold back in praising his prized playmaker Ish Polvorosa.
“As long as kontrolado ni Ish ang team we will never go wrong,” said Almadro after the three-time defending champion Blue Eagles hurdled twice-to-beat Far Eastern University, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18, in the do-or-die Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Wednesday.
“I really, really trust Ish and I really love him,” added the mentor.
Polvorosa finished with 40 excellent sets to help the Blue Eagles hammer 59 attack points as Ateneo advanced in the Finals for the fifth straight year against archrival National University.
Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series is on Saturday.
Almadro lauded Polvorosa’s leadership inside the court, working as the catalyst of the Blue Eagles’ offense.
“’Yung leadership ni Ish kakaiba. Lagi ko ngang sinasabi every night nagpapalam siya, ‘O walang nega bukas ha? Puro positive vibes lang ha, walang attitude.’ Sometimes kasi alam mo naman si Ish na may tendency na magtampo. Sabi ko wala kang karapatang magtampo, lagi ka lang masaya,” he said.
“So minsan siya pa nga ang nagpapaalala sa akin. Ibig sabihin kapag siya ang nagpapaalala sa akin to be positive, ibig sabihin kontrolado niya,” Almadro added.
The four-time Best Setter Polvorosa returned the trust of Almadro with a memorable semis series.
“Sobrang dami na kasi ng pinagdaananan namin ni Coach Oliver and ang dami na ring games na nakuha namin pero may kulang, nakuha namin tapos maganda naman ang kinalabasan, yung game plan,” said Polvorosa. “Sa dami naming pinagdaanan sobrang doon din ako humugot ng lakas today and nung last game namin.”
Playing in his last year with the Blue Eagles and with their backs against the wall, Polvorosa played superb volleyball against no. 2 seed FEU.
He had 45 excellent sets in Game 1 with most of his plays centered on Espejo.
Four-time Most Valuable Player Espejo scattered a league-record 55 points in Ateneo’s 18-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9, win last Saturday to force a decider.
Polvorosa said that he is looking to end his collegiate career on a high note and this serves as his motivation.
“Actually, hindi minsan yun ang nagiging motivation ko every day. Ayoko na ito ang last game ko. Hindi ako maglalaro ng last game ko sa MOA, hindi ako maglalaro ng last game ko sa San Juan Arena,” he said. “Lalaruin ko ang last games ko sa Araneta.”
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