UAAP Season 81: We don’t accept that -- Tiamzon
Mark Escarlote on Feb 15, 2019 09:17 AM
Every training we always keep in mind our goal. This is a once in a lifetime chance to get this four-peat and as much as we can we will try to defend the crown -- Tin Tiamzon
De La Salle University lost three key players after the previous season.
Two more left the Lady Spikers during the offseason to pursue semi-professional careers.
With this dilemma, some pundits and opposing fans are quick to say that UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament is an open race.
This doesn’t sit well with the three-time defending champions and the winningest team in the past two decades.
“We don’t accept that,” said fourth year Tin Tiamzon.
As a warning, for good measure, the Taft-based squad will not give up the crown. Other teams will have to pry it off the Lady Spikers’ heads.
“Every training we always keep in mind our goal. This is a once in a lifetime chance to get this four-peat and as much as we can we will try to defend the crown,” added Tiamzon.
The Lady Spikers saw the exit of Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron and prized libero Dawn Macandili after DLSU vanquished Far Eastern University with an emphatic Finals sweep in Season 80. Gyra Barroga and Arriane Layug, on the other hand, bid adieu to DLSU even with playing years still ahead of them.
But the green and white-clad squad mentored by Ramil De Jesus is no stranger to this kind of rebuilding scenario.
“Continue on kasi its part of the process,” Tiamzon said. “Eh 20 years na ring successful si coach and we trust that process so basta we just follow that track.”
“Basta lahat (kami) we have that same goal and we’re on the same page anything is possible when you have that kind of foundation,” continued Tiamzon, who will be backed by other grizzled veterans in Des Cheng, Aduke Ogunsanya, May Luna, CJ Saga and setter Michelle Cobb.
DLSU during the offseason got a reinforcement in 6-foot-2 former University of Perpetual Help middle blocker Lourdes Clemente. The Lady Spikers will also introduce promising recruits in Erika Santos and Jolina Dela Cruz.
While most of the teams beefed up their lineups and tested their rosters through pre-season leagues, the Lady Spiker opted to keep theirs under wraps.
“It’s one of our advantages kasi talagang walang may alam kung ano ang kaya namin as a team,” according Tiamzon. “’Yun nga sabi ni coach na mas mabuti nang wala masyadong alam ang opponent on us and we know quite a few info about them.”
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