Rookie Requinton embraces UST-NU rivalry
Danine Cruz on Oct 05, 2018 08:28 PM
"Kung di po ako magyayabang, baka kainin po nila ako." - Jaron Requinton.
In the last five years, three UAAP Men's Beach Volleyball Finals have been between National University and the University of Santo Tomas. It forged an entertaining rivalry between two schools that is still very much alive this year.
In Season 81, UST's Krung Arbasto and Jaron Requinton met NU's James Natividad and Bryan Bagunas, for the first time in the eliminations on Friday.
Filled with tongue wagging, trash talking and arm flexing, their match was as entertaining and thrilling as expected. It ended in a three-setter with the super senior-rookie partnership of UST winning, 30-32, 21-12, 15-13.
Interestingly, as the youngest player on the sands, Requinton displayed the right amount of swagger expected of any Growling Tiger. His spunk fueled him to deliver in a very important match to seal the solo second spot and the twice-to-beat advantage.
"Kung di po ako magyayabang, baka kainin po nila ako," said Requinton.
"Kailangan kung magyayabang po sila, yabangan ko din sila para pantay lang po at di ako makain," added the rookie.
According to Requinton, their expresiveness on the sands helped them enjoyed the match.
This may be his first taste of an NU-UST game but he showed that he has already embraced the rivalry as early as now.
"Nung summer pa lang po, ilang years din po sila [NU-UST] magkalaban sa championship. Ni-ready ko rin po yung sarili ko na okay, dapat ganito ang kilos ko gaya po kay Kuya KR [Guzman] last year," said Requinton.
While the veteran Arbasto was left with most of the setting burden, the newbie Requinton's spiking skills were tested with first balls always sent his way. Despite his youth, he held a solid account of himself.
The fact that he is the youngest among the players on the sands did not faze him at all.
"Di ko lang po iniisip na ako ang pinaka bata. Sabi po ni coach, pag nasa loob ka na ng court lahat kayo pantay pantay," he expressed.
"Walang champion, walang second, palaban po lagi every game," Requinton said.