UAAP Season 81: EJ Laure’s return still up in the air
Mark Escarlote on Dec 26, 2018 06:54 PM
EJ Laure's return to UAAP women's volleyball action will depend if she will show up in University of Sto. Tomas' first training after the holiday break.
More than a year after sustaining a shoulder injury that prevented her from suiting up for the University of Sto. Tomas in UAAP Season 80, EJ Laure’s return with the Tigresses remains up in the air.
Head coach Kungfu Reyes told reporters that the open spiker is still with the Espana-based squad, but she will need to work doubly hard to regain her spot on the team.
For her first step back to being a Tigress, Laure must show up on Thursday for UST’s first training day after their long break.
“Visible naman (siya). Nag-exam nitong nakaraan pero ‘yung pagbalik after ng Christmas break ang pinakaimportante sa December 27, nandun na dapat siya,” said Reyes.
But of course, the mentor would want to see Laure back in good form as they prepare for Season 81.
“So hopefully makikita niyo na siya ulit in action kung makaabot siya sa cut,” said Reyes.
The Season 77 Rookie of the Year last saw action last year but sustained a right shoulder injury months before Season 80. Without one of the Tigresses’ top hitter, UST struggled in its campaign and finished with a 4-10 win-loss slate.
UST faithful are hopeful for Laure’s return this season especially with Sisi Rondina playing in her last year and sister Eya Laure suiting up for her rookie season.
“Si Ate andun naman siya. Process pa rin siya. Siyempre di naman kailangan madaliin meron talagang time kung panahon mo, panahon mo,” said Eya.
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