UAAP: Mendrez's illness a 'blessing in disguise' for UE's graduating players

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 24, 2019 06:11 PM
Mendrez's illness a 'blessing in disguise' for UE
Mean Mendrez was nothing but happy to let her graduating teammates play in her place

Mean Mendrez was sorely missed as University of the East fell in straight sets to De La Salle University, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Warriors didn't breach the 20-point mark in all three frames and could have used contributions from their second-leading scorer.

Only, she was sidelined due to tonsillitis. "Nung nasa Baguio ako nung Holy Week, nagkasakit ako. Pag-uwi ko rito, lumala na siya," she shared.

Because of that, Mendrez was held out of practices the past two days.

And so, come game day, coach Karl Dimaculangan decided to sit her out.

Of course, the fourth-year open spiker herself would have wanted to be out there with her team as they played their penultimate match in the tournament. "Nakaka-stress din kasi last two games na tapos last playing year din nung iba," she said.

Still, her absence allowed one of their graduating players to be part of the starting six - if she herself is to be believed. As she put it, "Siguro, blessing in disguise sa iba. Parang si ate Jas [Alcayde], naka-first six pa siya na last playing year na niya."

She then continued, "Siguro, maganda rin na hindi ako nakalaro para silang graduating, sama-sama."

However, Mendrez only hopes that she would take the floor once more as in their last assignment of the season, Sunday. "Sana. Magte-train na naman ako bukas e," she said, also adding that she wants nothing more than to see graduating players Alcayde, Judith Abil, Kath Arado, Roselle Baliton, Lai Bendong, and Jana Sta. Maria.

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