UAAP Season 81: Thesis, lack of sleep reasons for Domingo’s sub-par games

Mark Escarlote on Apr 10, 2019 05:43 PM
Thesis, lack of sleep reasons for Domingo’s sub-par games
Nu’ng before ng game sa Ateneo siguro three days akong three hours lang ang sleep, ganun. Three to five hours lang ang sleep ko kasi may deadlines akong hinahabol -- Celine Domingo on string of sub-par performances

Far Eastern University middle blocker Celine Domingo couldn’t help but feel frustrated after a string of sub-par performances.   

Not making any excuses, the veteran admitted that her school duties of late and lack of sleep have affected her game.

The fourth-year Tourism student has been busy working on her thesis.   

“Nasa pagpo-focus ako, kasi thesis ko ngayon. Major thesis ko. Pahirap na ng pahirap ang ginagawa,” said Domingo on Wednesday after the Lady Tamaraws’ 25-21, 25-19, 25-22, win over National University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.      

Domingo, last year’s Best Blocker winner, averaged 11.8 points per game in FEU’s first nine games but since then her average has dipped to a paltry four markers in the Lady Tams’ last three outings.  

She had her worst game of the season in FEU’s rematch against semis-bound Ateneo de Manila University, ending up scoreless in the Lady Tams’ straight sets defeat.

“Nu’ng before ng game sa Ateneo siguro three days akong three hours lang ang sleep, ganun. Three to five hours lang ang sleep ko kasi may deadlines akong hinahabol,” who had four points against NU.

“Alam ko namang hindi excuse ‘yun pero nahihirapan ako kasi first time ko ‘yun na magpuyat. Ako kasi maaga akong natutulog so ayun nahihirapan ako,” she added.

Domingo and her two other groupmates are working on their thesis: 'Motivation and satisfaction visiting urban green parks in QC' that takes a lot of field work especially at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife, La Mesa Dam Water Shed and University of the Philippines.

“Sobrang on field kami,” she said. “Pagkatapos ng ensayo ayun alis agad para gumawa (ng thesis).”

Domingo admitted that juggling her schoolwork and duties for the Lady Tams is now taking its toll.

“Kahit iba ‘yung iniisip mo na gusto mong gawin pero parang ang katawan mo bumibigay. So yun ang nararamdaman ko,” said Domingo. “Saka natatakot din ako gumalaw kasi puyat nga ako, kaya baka mamaya, well, napanaginipan ko kasi na-injured ako kaya (knock on wood).”

FEU, which holds an 8-4 win-loss slate and in the thick of the battle for a semis berth, will wrap its elimination round campaign against University of Sto. Tomas on Sunday at the MOA Arena and against three-time defending champion De La Salle University on April 28.   

Aside from getting her rhythm back, Domingo has to face another dilemma: her availability on Sunday.  

“Ang defense kasi namin sa Sunday eh. Eh di ba may game kami sa Sunday” ‘Lord kayo na po bahala sa akin, charot!’” Domingo said in jest. “Ewan ko di ko alam. Wala pa kasi kaming sched kaya sana ‘yung mapuntang sched namin ay umaga para makahabol ako sa MOA.”

 

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