UAAP Season 81: Viray breaks out of shell
Mark Escarlote on Mar 27, 2019 06:19 PM
Sobrang happy na mas dumami ‘yung tumutulong (sa scoring), nadagdagan yung tulong for them. Mas na-utilize yung gitna -- Caitlyn Viray
University of Sto. Tomas Caitlyn Viray finally broke out of a scoring slump as the Tigresses got significant contributions from their middles.
Viray registered a career-best 14 points to help the Tigresses sweep Adamson University, 25-15, 25-12, 25-16, Wednesday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Sobrang happy na mas dumami ‘yung tumutulong (sa scoring), nadagdagan yung tulong for them. Mas na-utilize yung gitna,” said Viray, who with Sisi Rondina captured the beach volleyball mint in Season 80.
“Definitely, confidence-booster siya pero marami pang kulang and dapat pang trabahuhin,” added Viray, who got three kill blocks.
Head coach Kungfu Reyes lauded the third year player for her breakout game.
“‘Yun lang naman ang ano, kailangan niya lang lumabas sa shell niya. Hopefully, sa mga susunod na araw, makakasama pa rin namin dito,” said Reyes referring to Viray, who accompanied him and usual post-game companions Sisi Rondina and rookie Eya Laure.
“’Yun nga, for how many years, ngayon lang ako nakasama ng gitna dito sa loob. Luckily si Caitlyn ang gitna na nakasama ko sa loob ng press room. So hopefully more to come,” added Reyes of Viray, who averaged just 4.25 points in their first eight games. “Na-relieve, dahil ano siya eh, nag-deliver. May depensa, ang daming nakuha sa block at yung atake mas naging aggressive.”
Laure, who scored 17 markers, also praised Viray.
“Siyempre ako as a rookie, proud ako kay Ate Caitlin kasi iyan ang matagal na hinihintay ng team,” she said. “Sobrang proud ko sa kanya kasi iyon nga, nakukuha na niya ‘yung rhythm niya, ‘yung confidence niya sa paglalaro which is ‘yung pinaka-importante pag naglalaro ka.”
Rondina, who is currently the season’s leading scorer, was just relieved that she and Laure are getting the much-needed help on offense.
“Tahimik lang pero pumapatay and masaya kasi,” she said. “Marami na kaming katulong, hindi lang sa amin nafo-focus. Ang sarap pakinggan, ang sarap sa feeling na kami, UST, ang naglalaro, di lang kami-kami lang.”
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