UAAP Season: Mas natatandaan kung sino ang nag-champion -- Laure
Mark Escarlote on May 10, 2019 04:50 PM
Nandoon kami talaga sa mas malaking picture kasi siyempre mas gusto namin makuha yung championship na ‘to and mas naka-focus kami rito -- Eya Laure
Sisi Rondina and rookie Eya Laure won’t be distracted by the individual accolades that they have received.
The power-hitting University of Sto. Tomas hitters are keeping their eyes on the biggest and most important prize: the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball title.
Graduating Rondina was named Most Valuable Player while Laure copped the Rookie of the Year award but both players agree that while winning individual titles are great honors, the championship trophy outweighs them all.
The duo will try to lead the Tigresses back into the throne after a nine-year drought when they face an equally dangerous Ateneo de Manila University in the best-of-three Finaks series starting on Saturday.
“Nandoon kami talaga sa mas malaking picture kasi siyempre mas gusto namin makuha yung championship na ‘to and mas naka-focus kami rito,” said Laure on Thursday night after learning of her award.
Rondina, who won four titles and four MVPs in beach volleyball, was thankful for the recognition but her ultimate goal is to lift the championship trophy and deliver the glory back to UST.
“Gusto ko talaga big trophy. Gusto ko lang talaga (mag-champion). Parang walang (impact sa puso) kasi gusto ko nga big trophy. I really, really want the big trophy. Tatrabahuhin namin yan,” said Rondina, who became the first Tigresses to win the MVP after legendary Venus Bernal’s award back in Season 69.
Rondina and Laure became the first teammates to win the MVP and RoY awards on the same year since Aby Marano (MVP) and Ara Galang (RoY) of De La Salle University did the feat in Season 74.
Laure, who also won the First Best Outside Spiker award, became the second straight RoY from UST after Fil-Italian Milena Alessandrini got the same accolade last year. Laure’s sister, EJ, also won the award back in Season 77 she shared with University of the East libero Kath Arado.
Laure said that she would rather be remembered as a champion rather than just an individual awardee.
“Sabi nga sa akin ni Coach Kungfu (Reyes) noong high school pa lang ako yung individual awards, ‘di naman ‘yan natatandaan year per year, kung sino nakakuha ng award. Mas natatandaan kung sino nagtsa-champion sa year na to, season na ‘to,” said the feisty rookie.
And for Rondina, even the best and multi-awarded players can’t win a championship alone in volleyball.
“Teamwork talaga dapat,” she said. “But still uunahan ko na maipakita sa kanila na kailangan natin ito (title). Ito na yung pagkakataon, ibinigay sa atin, wag na nating sayangin. Ayun hahawaan ko lang ang mga bata, kahit na mapagod na, whatever it takes.”
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