UAAP Season 81: Hindi kami nagsisi na nasa UE kami -- Arado

Mark Escarlote on Apr 28, 2019 05:58 PM
UAAP Season 81: Hindi kami nagsisi na nasa UE kami -- Arado
Mahirap pero yun nga sinabi ko na di rin ako nagsisi na nasa UE ako ngayon -- UE libero Kath Arado

There were a lot of reasons for graduating Kath Arado to quit University of the East during her five-year stay with the Lady Warriors.

From being away from her family in Iligan to the struggles of playing for a team that lost game after game, season after season.

But the libero chose to stay.  

“Kasi ‘yung time talaga na parang gusto na talaga naming umalis pero kumakapit pa rin kami sa thoughts namin na gusto talaga naming baguhin ang tingin nila sa UE,” said Arado, speaking on behalf of other graduating Lady Warriors.

Arado and five other UE seniors played their last game in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday in a 20-25, 25-27, 11-25, loss to semifinals-bound Ateneo de Manila University at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Warriors, who also bid goodbye to skipper Roselle Baliton, Judith Abil, Lai Bendong, Jana Sta. Maria and Jasmine Alcayde, finished the season with a 3-11 win-loss record – the most wins scored by UE since copping four victories seven years ago.   

The Season 77 Rookie of the Year closed her collegiate career with 28 digs and 12 excellent receptions.

Overall, Arado tallied a 7-63 record in her stint with the Lady Warriors.     

The two-time Best Digger and Season 80 Best Receiver recalled the struggles that they went through.  

“Kasi ‘yung itong limang taon namin na nag-stay sa UE maraming pagbabago kasi, kahit sabihin nating unti-unti. Pero kasi maraming pagbabago na alam naming mga senior na ‘di kami nagsisi na nasa UE kami kahit maraming negative na nagsasabi na, ‘di niyo na kaya ‘yan,’” Arado said.

“Pero kasi sa guide naman ng coaching staff namin parang nasabi namin sa sarili namin na, ‘Sobrang tibay ng team namin,’” she added.

For Arado, it was all worth it.

“Tapos yung natutunan din kasi talaga namin, kami na mga senior, ‘yung tibay ng loob talaga na kahit anong mangyari nadoon kami sa isa’t isa. Kailangan naming gampanan ang role namin as seniors. Mahirap pero yun nga sinabi ko na di rin ako nagsisi na nasa UE ako ngayon,” Arado said.

As Arado gave her last goodbyes to her teammates and the UE faithful in her swan song, she proudly held her head high with no regrets of playing for the red and white.

 

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