UAAP Season 81: For Amiga, UST dedicates win to Alessandrini

Mark Escarlote on Mar 06, 2019 08:40 PM
UAAP Season 81: For Amiga, UST dedicates win to Alessandrini
University of Sto. Tomas head coach Kungfu Reyes flashed a wide smile following the Tigresses upset win over three-time defending champion De La Salle University.

University of Sto. Tomas head coach Kungfu Reyes was smiling from ear to ear as he entered the pressroom for his postgame interview Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

More than the Tigresses amazing upset over the three-time defending champion De La Salle University, the mentor was more impressed with the way his wards worked to earn the victory.

He liked his squad’s collective effort to fill in the void left by Milena Alessandrini, who could miss the rest of the season after suffering a partial anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, grade 3 sprain of MCL (medial collateral ligament) and LCL (lateral collateral ligament) Saturday in the second set of their four-set loss to Far Eastern University. 

“’Yun din ang sinasabi namin sa kanila na maging motivation ang pagkawala ni Milena, kasi 15 points per game, saan kami huhugot noon?” said Reyes moments after the Tigresses handed the Lady Spikers a 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, beating in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.

“So napag-usapan na lang namin, huhugot kami sa mga errors namin. Ili-limit namin yung error, para at least, ma-compensate namin ang points na mawawala coming from Milena,” said Reyes. “Medyo maganda naman ang kinalabasan ng laro. And siyempre, ýung preparasyon din na ginawa namin, na pahinga ng Sunday, Monday very important yung training, tsaka yung Tuesday kasi doon kami magbe-base kung ano igagalaw namin.”

Sisi Rondina, rookie Eya Laurea, Dimdim Pacres and freshman Kecelyn Galdones stepped up on offense and defense to lead the Espana-based squad’s charge while rookie setter Mafe Galanza tallied 21 excellent sets that helped the Tigresses score 41 spikes.

“So ‘yung mental baggage namin, yung mga doubt na iniisip nila, after kasi ng FEU namin, may ganoon kami. May distraction talaga. Pero again, nawala si Milena, pero we have 13 strong women na haharap sa kung sino man ang magiging kalaban namin,” said Reyes. “Luckily, nag-deliver naman halos lahat ng ginamit. Nag-contribute, regardless kung nag-points or nag-error pero nag-contribute pa rin.”

The win lifted the Tigresses to a three-way tie at third to fifth spot with their victims and the Lady Tamaraws with 3-2 win-loss slates.

“Basta itong game na ito, all the way, para kay Milena ito. Sa mga Tomasino, at sa mga sumusuporta sa amin,” said Reyes, whose squad won against DLSU for the first time since the first round of Season 78 – also in straight sets.

“Sabi ko nga sa kanila, Milena nakikipag-patayan eh, napilay na. Tayo din. Tayo yung may capacity pa na ilaban siya. Yun sila,” he said.

 

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