UAAP 81 Women's Volleyball: Sharing is caring for Deanna Wong as her 33 sets lead to five Lady Eagles in double-figures
Santino Honasan on Apr 07, 2019 07:24 PM
"Sobrang laki ng tiwala ko in each one of my teammates, and Iím also grateful na they were able to deliver, itís really on them naman talaga."
In the Ateneo de Manila University's four-set win over the National University in UAAP Season 81 Women's Volleyball action, Sunday afternoon at the Araneta Coliseum, five different Lady Eagles put up double-digits in scoring, with Kat Tolentino and Jules Samonte dropping 13 points each, while Maddie Madayag had 12. Ponggay Gaston and Bea De Leon also chipped in with ten points each.
Behind the Lady Eagles' balanced offensive attack however, was none other than star setter Deanna Wong, who finished with an impressive 33 excellent sets.
All but one of Ateneo's 34 excellent sets came from the hands of the fourth-year playmaker, who was happy to see five of her teammates put up good numbers in what would be a Final Four-clinching win.
"Personally, I’m so happy na five players from us were able to score double-digits. Parang nakaka-saya how you can see the team jelling na, how you can see us having teamwork," Wong shared with ABS-CBN Sports following their win.
Wong emphasized the importance of teamwork for the Lady Eagles, who have won their last ten matches.
"We put the team first instead of ourselves, so we’re helping each other, that’s how they were able to score, it’s because of them naman talaga."
While it's undeniable that Wong had a major hand in helping five players to double-digit scoring, the Cebuana instead put the spotlight on her teammates and credited them for getting the job done.
"Sobrang laki ng tiwala ko in each one of my teammates, and I’m also grateful na they were able to deliver, it’s really on them naman talaga."
"I’m just there to set up the ball, and it’s their job naman to finish, so it’s credit to them talaga," she continued.
The Katipunan-based squad is now headed their tenth-consecutive post-season appearance and are enjoying their place on the top of the standings with a 10-1 record.
Wong maintains however, that while making the semifinals is in itself an achievement, it's not their main goal for the season.
"It’s a great achievement, being in the semifinals, but the job’s not done yet," Wong expressed. "Our ultimate goal is to win the championship, and we’ll do whatever it takes, we’ll do whatever it takes, we’ll do everything for us to get there, for us to be able to get that."