UAAP Season 81: Ayokong makilala ng tao na kapatid lang ni Ate EJ -- Eya Laure
Mark Escarlote on Feb 09, 2019 06:46 PM
Siyempre, ayokong andun lang ako sa shadow nilang dalawa -- Eya Laure on making her own mark in the UAAP
Celebrated rookie Eya Laure hopes to make waves in the collegiate ranks and prove her worth as part of University of Sto. Tomas’ volleyball team.
A multi-awarded player in high school, she is determined to make her own mark and step out of the shadows of her sister EJ and her father, former PBA player Eddie Laure come the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.
“Super excited kasi syempre ayoko rin naman makilala ng tao as kapatid lang ni Ate EJ or anak ni Daddy ganyan,” said the former UAAP girl's volleyball Most Valuable Player.
“Gusto ko rin naman makilala kahit papano ng tao kung ano talaga kayang gawin ng isang Eya Laure and ma-perform,” said Laure, a versatile player who has collected recognitions both as a setter and a wing spiker. “Siyempre, ayokong andun lang ako sa shadow nilang dalawa.”
Arguably, this season’s finest recruit, Laure gave a glimpse of what she can offer on the table during the pre-season including helping the Tigresses capture the UniGames crown.
A feisty competitor, passionate with high volleyball IQ and undeniable charisma, Laure could complement another fierce Tigress in Sisi Rondina, who is hoping to leave a winning legacy in her swan song.
With Eya Laure on board to help Rondina and last year’s Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini on offense, the season looks bright for UST to end a nine-year title drought.
“Ako naman siguro it's an honor na rin na maglalaro ako for UST and matutulungan ko yung seniors team din, gagawin ko talaga yung best ko na matulungan sila every game,” she said.
Laure is a favorite among fans and pundits but is quick to deflect the tag as a shoo-in for the Rookie of the Year award – the recognition her sister EJ captured back in Season 77.
“Ewan ko ha. Hindi ko siya priority talaga eh, I mean ‘yung pagiging Rookie of the Year big deal siguro sa ibang tao pero sa akin,” said Laure. “Hindi kasi siya ganun ka big deal (sa akin) kasi more on andun kasi ako sa bigger picture, na mas madaming matutuwa kung mag-champion kami or magka-place kami this year. ‘Yun ang mas okay sa akin, sa kung saan mas maraming masaya, hindi yung ako lang ang masaya.”
Unfortunately, the much-awaited team up of the Laure sisters won’t materialize this year as EJ skipped action for the second straight season following a long layoff after suffering a shoulder injury two years ago.
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