UAAP Season 81: Sinabi ko sa sarili ko na kailangan ko din mag-step up -- Ivana Agudo
Mark Escarlote on Mar 30, 2019 06:01 PM
Sinabi ko sa sarili ko na kailangan ko din mag-step up. Kahit hindi man ako makapag-provide ng points, at least sa ibang paraan naman po, tapos ayun, unexpected din po yung nagawa ko today so sobrang happy po ako -- Ivana Agudo (No. 6)
Ivana Agudo stepped up big time to fill in the void left by injured rookie Lycha Ebon.
The third year opposite hitter delivered crucial hits in the fifth set to help Far Eastern University weather a tough challenge thrown by upset-conscious University of the East, 25-15, 16-25, 12-25, 25-22, 17-15, Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena
But Agudo was quick to deflect the credit, saying it was all team effort.
“Ayun po, happy po ako kasi nag-tulungan po talaga kami. Isa po talaga kaming team noong oras na yun, and sobrang happy po ako para kila Ate kasi we were able to help them po para makakuha ng (panalo),” said Agudo, who scored a personal season-high 12 points.
Agudo gave the Lady Tams a lift on offense after Ebon, who was averaging 14.3 points per game, had to skip action indefinitely following a right knee injury she sustained last week in a five-set win over Adamson University.
“Siyempre po malaki po para sa akin kasi kailangan po ng tulong nila Ate. So para sa akin po, sinabi ko sa sarili ko na kailangan ko din mag-step up. Kahit hindi man ako makapag-provide ng points, at least sa ibang paraan naman po, tapos ayun, unexpected din po yung nagawa ko today so sobrang happy po ako,” said Agudo, who scored all but one of her points on spikes.
Agudo scored four points in the fifth set and an off the block hit gave FEU a 14-11 lead.
While Agudo downplayed her contribution, it was her teammates who attested to her heroics.
“I think during the whole game I was really inspired by Ivana, the way she stepped up. I think we really followed her lead today,” said graduating skipper Jerrili Malabanan, who scored the last two points of the match to finish with 11 markers.
“Katulad ng sinabi ni Jerrili na may nawala sa amin pero may papalit. Tapos ang sarap sa feeling na makikita mong lumalaban talaga, hindi nagpapakita ng kahit anong sign ng (takot),” said veteran playmaker Kyle Negrito referring to Agudo.
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