UAAP Volleyball: Kat Tolentino looks to bring 'One Big Fight' mentality into pro career
Santino Honasan on May 21, 2019 03:54 PM
"I mean, every game, every practice that you’re in, it’s always gonna be a battle, and if you always push yourself and you keep fighting and you keep bouncing back despite any losses or any failures, as long as you put up the One Big Fight, it’s always gonna be to your advantage and you’ll always benefit no matter what the outcome is,"
Kat Tolentino capped off her collegiate career in the best way possible: with a championship.
The towering hitter and the rest of the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles defeated University of Santo Tomas in three matches to take home the UAAP Season 81 Women's Volleyball championship, their first since Season 77.
Now, it appears that the Season 81 Best Opposite Spiker has made the decision to take the leap into the professional ranks, but not before taking a bit of time off to heal up from what was a grueling four-month UAAP season that saw her and the Lady Eagles play 14 elimination round matches, two semifinal matches, and three Finals matches.
“The harder the battle the sweeter the victory”????. . I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending to this chapter of my life. To win it with a team who makes the court feel like home. To have never-ending support from the Ateneo community fans, friends and family. To feel at peace that I left everything I had on that court. And to leave as a champion. Thank you to everyone who helped turn this dream into reality. The last photo is when I tore my ACL for the 3rd time and lost in semi-finals S80. The happiness in the first photos would not have been possible without the heartbreak in the last. This championship has made every sacrifice, setback, and obstacle absolutely worth it. God truly does have better plans for us than we have for ourselves. I want to say a big thank to Moro Lorenzo Sports Clinic and Dr. Canlas. And all the PT’s, coaches, and interns that handled me. They are the unsung heroes of every sport. Thank you for keeping the dreams of countless athletes alive. I am beyond grateful to be an athlete who had 3 ACL injuries, 1 absolutely unforgettable championship, and 1 Ateneo family forever. Glory to God! ???????? #ThirdTimesTheCharm
"Well obviously I’m gonna focus on resting first, and just help let my body recover from the season, but then after that I want to hopefully play pro," Tolentino told ABS-CBN Sports. "I’m not sure what team yet, I haven’t decided, I’ll still look into what would best fit me, but I’ve already announced that it’s my final year this year."
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Tolentino added that she has been recieving invitations from local club teams, but is has not gotten around to weighing her options given her busy UAAP season schedule.
"The pro teams, some have already talked to me, it’s just a matter of me looking at them. I haven’t really been able to look during the season though because it’s so busy."
The 6-foot-1 Tolentino has spent the last three years representing the Blue and White in the UAAP, and while she may be donning a different color and a different team name on her jersey soon, she still hopes to bring the same "One Big Fight" attitude and mentality that she learned during her time in Katipunan to the professional ranks.
"I think for me it’s really just to put up the 'One Big Fight'," Tolentino expressed. "I mean, every game, every practice that you’re in, it’s always gonna be a battle, and if you always push yourself and you keep fighting and you keep bouncing back despite any losses or any failures, as long as you put up the One Big Fight, it’s always gonna be to your advantage and you’ll always benefit no matter what the outcome is, so that’s what I’ll take with me in the future."