What Pressure? Isa Molde, UP unfazed by piling expectations

Alvin Laqui on Feb 11, 2019 04:51 PM
What Pressure? Isa Molde, UP unfazed by piling expectations
Ignoring negativity on social media is among Isa Molde's secrets to avoid pressure this UAAP season 81. (File Photo)

Isa Molde and the rest of the UP Lady Maroons may have found the formula for success.

The Diliman-based volleyball squad won two preseason championships leading up to the UAAP Season 81 tournament, and Molde credits their titles to their bonding and their focus on treasuring each other's company. 

"Enjoy lang talaga," Molde told ABS-CBN Sports. "Iba yung bond namin ngayon as a team."

The championships are made only sweeter by the deep relationships that have been formed between each member of the squad, the same connection that helps alleviate the upcoming stress for the new season.

"Araw-araw, 'Ate san ka pupunta? May class ka?' Hindi talaga namin naiisip yung upcoming pressure na makukuha namin dahil sa preseason," Molde shared.

After showing off what they're capable of, expectations are naturally high for UP, a squad that last made a trip to the UAAP Final Four in season 78, back when Molde was still a rookie.

The fortified relationship between each and every member of the team, Molde says, lightens whatever pressure the Lady Maroons may feel during the season.

"Nag-eenjoy kami and yung bond na yun, madadala namin sa UAAP," Molde said.

The Lady Maroons' social media habits also come into play as they try to avoid any negative comments ahead of Season 81. 

"Kung ano yung lumalabas [sa social media], hindi namin chinecheck," Molde said. "Kung Twitter lang, tweet lang... Pero kasi hindi na kami naghahanap ng ikakasakit pa sa sarili namin. Nagfofocus lang talaga kami sa team at sa studies namin. Kasi lahat din kami naghahabol eh."

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