UAAP Season 81: Madami akong natutunan -- Laure

Mark Escarlote on Mar 31, 2019 09:56 PM
UAAP Season 81: Madami akong natutunan -- Laure
Kung makikita niyo, medyo emotional nga kami. Pero ngayon naman, standing strong pa rin -- Eya Laure

University of Sto. Tomas rookie Eya Laure was emotional inside the dugout of the Tigresses at the MOA Arena on Sunday following a four-set loss to defending three-time champion De La Salle University.

She was in tears during the post-game talk. Her sobs and cracking voice while talking inside the locker room were heard by reporters waiting outside their dugout.  

“Kami naman hindi na kami nag-dwell sa nangyari sa game. Pero ‘yun nga, kung makikita niyo, medyo emotional nga kami. Pero ngayon naman, standing strong pa rin,” said Laure, who was already crying during the school hymn up until the squad trooped back to their dugout.

The stinging 25-21, 23-25, 19-25, 24-26, loss dropped the Tigresses to fourth place with a 6-4 win-loss slate.  

It was a frustrating outing for Laure, who scored 20 points but had to bleed to penetrate the defense of the Lady Spikers on a 16-of-59 spiking clip.

Laure’s attack that went long put DLSU at match point, 24-23. The Tigresses saved a match point after Lady Spiker Mars Alba was called for a double contact.

Laure was blocked by Des Clemente on the next play before the freshman committed a fatal error when she sent her attack straight to the net as DLSU escaped with a revenge win over the Tigresses, who swept the Lady Spikers in the first round. 

“Madami, madami akong natutunan, na madami pa akong kakaining bigas talaga, and kailangan ko pa matutunan na i-compose din ‘yung sarili ko after every ano talaga,” said Laure. “Hindi pa sapat 'yung mga natutunan ko sa first round or beginning ng second round. Madami pa, madami pa akong dapat na kainin na bigas, yun talaga ang point ko doon.”

Laure, according to head coach Kungfu Reyes played through pain.

“Sa amin kasi hindi na namin ginagawang alibi ‘yung medyo may nararamdaman,” said Reyes. “‘Yung thigh muscle niya kung napapansin niyo naka-muscle tape na ‘yung thigh muscle.”

“Inoobserbahan ko nga kanina ‘pag umaangat hindi niya maisipa ng maayos, hindi niya maisipa sa floor that’s why ‘yung mga palo niya na instead na ibabaw, may mga tapon na mahahaba,” he added. “Sabi ko nga inda mo na lang yan mamaya. ‘Yun naman ang ipinakita niya yung character of being a fighter. Iiscore, tatapon pero kita mo yung decisiveness ng bata ‘yun ‘yung hindi mo matatawaran.”

For Reyes, the emotion showed by Laure and her teammates after their loss was an indication of his team’s character. 

“Isang magdandang indication na nararamdaman kasi namin ang talo. ‘Yung nakawala sa kamay namin. Good indication na talagang eto na tumataas na ang level in terms of character. Yung attitude namin towards game, nararamdaman namin ang talo,” he said.

“We’ll be better on the next day. Sabi ko nga, ‘OK lang ‘yan ngayong araw. Pero bukas another preparation na ulit. Move forward na tayo kasi we’re on the right track. Hindi natin nakuha ang solo second pero nandoon pa rin tayo sa Top Four,’” he added.

The Tigresses’ remaining games are against University of the East on Saturday, University of the Philippines (April 10), Far Eastern University (April 14) and National University (April 27). 

 

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