UAAP Finals: After sub-par Game 1, Pons and Basas vow to bounce back

Philip Matel on Apr 28, 2018 08:09 PM
After sub-par Game 1, Pons and Basas vow to bounce back
Both players admitted that jitters had come their way, and conceded that there is overwhelming experience from the two-time defending champions.

FEU Lady Tamaraws veterans Bernadeth Pons and Toni Rose Basas both promise to bounce back in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 Women's Volleyball Finals Wednesday after displaying a sub-par performance in Game 1.

The known double-digit scoring duo combined for only 15 points in the best-of-three affair, a big factor in FEU's 27-29, 21-25, 22-25 loss in their biggest game in nine years.

Even though the first set showed promise in a 29-27 finish, FEU's inexperience came out, with the Lady Tamaraws committing 17 errors in the set.

Both players admitted that jitters had come their way, and conceded that there is overwhelming experience from the two-time defending champions.

"Siguro meron kasi first appearance namin sa Finals. Pero na-overcome naman namin iyon kasi alam naman namin yung magiging laban ngayon na sobrang dikdikan, mga long rallies. Ayun. Mas lumamang lang talaga mga errors noon," the Lady Tams team captain said.

Basas also added that a new and raucous atmosphere to her like what Game 1 showed intimidated her, which added to the many things she was thinking of during the game.

"Kasi sobrang daming tao. Tapos parang marami ang iniisip ko, 'Ganito ba talaga pag Finals?' Ang ingay. Parang di ko maano."

The fourth-year player also confessed that her numerous errors in the error-plagued first set was a by-product of the pressure from the game.

"Para sa akin. Kasi sa akin, parang puro service ko. Parang takot din ako magkamali sa service. Sa kaba na iyon."

As for bouncing back for a do-or-die Game 2, both hitters guarantee that their performance next game will be much better, as the girls from Morayta hope to extend it to a winner-take-all Game 3.

"Syempre, opo. Wala nang takot. Kahit block-blockin kami, basta di kami susuko," Basas assured.

For the top scorer of FEU in the past five seasons, Pons hopes that her mental toughness will show in what could be her final game donning the green and gold.

"Kailangan kong mag-charge ulit. Kailangan pang mas maging ma-utak ako sa Game 2 kasi malalaki sila eh. Bantay talaga ako kanina eh. Kailangan bumawi talaga ako sa Game 2. Kailangan ko ma-lead ang team ko." 
 

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