UAAP 81 Finals: Kiefer, Thirdy want Dani to have more titles than them

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 18, 2019 06:26 PM
UAAP: Kiefer, Thirdy want Dani to have more titles than them
Dani Ravena has three more years to try and top the two championships of kuyas Kiefer and Thirdy.

For the second straight game, Dani Ravena was part of a floor defense that led Ateneo de Manila University to victory in the UAAP 81 Women's Volleyball Finals.

The second-year libero counted 13 excellent digs and excellent seven receives all to help the Lady Eagles slow down University of Sto. Tomas' Sisi Rondina-fronted attack.

This, after she had 24 excellent digs and 12 excellent receives in her team's must-win Game 2.

And so, with back-to-back standout showings, Ravena proved to be a key cog in Ateneo's first championship since 2015.

As always, her family was the fuel to her already burning fire.

And just like last game, the advice of her older brothers was nothing but a big boost for the 19-year-old.

"Kanina, tinext ko siya, bilang kuya and bilang I've played in the UAAP Finals, sabi ko lang sa kanya, pikit niya yung mata niya pagdating sa venue, i-visualize niyang maraming tao para pagdating ng game time, naisip na niya kung anong mangyayari," kuya Kiefer shared. "Kumbaga, yung visualization process niya, nandun na and kung ano man ang dumating, ready na siya. Napaghandaan na niya, you only have to execute."

Kuya Thirdy essentially said the same thing. "Enjoy, yun yung pinakasabi ko sa kanya. Coming from Game 1 na stressed sila, I just felt they needed to enjoy the situation they're in."

Without a doubt, Dani only heeded the call of her older brothers and in the end, followed their footsteps as players who have delivered a championship to Katipunan.

For that, her kuyas are only proud of her. "Ang sarap ng pakiramdam. (I'm) proud of the whole team, proud of Dani," her second kuya said.

More than that, the elder Ravenas have full faith that this is just the start for their little sister. "Sana. Sana mas marami pa mapanalo niya sa amin ng brother ko," Thirdy said.

For reference, both her kuyas have two titles. Dani has three more years to try and top them.

Whatever tomorrow may bring, though, is yet to be determined and for now, what matters is that the Ravenas remain a family of champions. "I can't remember any siblings na bawat isa, may championship sa UAAP. It's a feat for the family," Kiefer said.

Well, Kiefer, the Tolentinos actually have something to say about that.


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