UAAP Season 82: Wong on the right track on road to recovery
Mark Escarlote on Feb 04, 2020 04:50 PM
Sobra namang (miss ko ang UAAP). What I like most is playing talaga and yung UAAP naman is sort of nandoon ang intensity, nandoon ang goosebumps -- Deanna Wong
Deanna Wong accepts the fact she will be just on the sidelines cheering for the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles in their back-to-back title bid in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament.
The setter is taking her time on her road to recovery from a stress fracture on her right shin.
“It’s hard, it's rough, it's difficult pero ganoon talaga ang sports. Injury really happens,” said Wong. “Patiently waiting [to recover]. Be patient lang siguro for my time siguro to comeback to play. Full recovery lang [muna] siguro.”
The playmaker is currently working on getting back in top form.
“I’m getting there. Kaka-start ko lang ulit mag-training pero more to improve pa rin,” said the Season 80 Best Setter.
“OK na siya [shin] pero minsan sumasakit lang. I think kasi hindi nagagamit siya for ilang months ang shin ko kaya sumasakit now na ginagamit ko na siya,” added Wong, who is already back in training. “Pero if ilang beses na ako magti-training feeling ko magiging OK naman siya.”
But the setter admits that she misses playing for the blue and white, competing against the best collegiate squads in the country and feeling the electric atmosphere inside the arena.
“Sobra namang (miss ko ang UAAP). What I like most is playing talaga and yung UAAP naman is sort of nandoon ang intensity, nandoon ang goosebumps,” she said.
It also pains her to see her good friend Ponggay Gaston playing her swan song in what could have been their last dance together as Lady Eagles.
“I’ll be missing playing but not only that but playing alongside my teammates lalo na si Ponggay na my one and only batchmate left na lang,” she said.
Wong believes that even without her, Ateneo has the experience and arsenal to extend its reign for another year.
The Lady Eagles eye to duplicate the back-to-back championships of the Alyssa Valdez-led Ateneo squad back in Season 76 and 77.
“Back-to-back yan,” said a very confident Wong. “Tiwala lang siguro. I think they have to jell as one as a team kasi iba’t iba nanggaling eh. Sina Ate Kat (Tolentino), Ate Jho (Maraguinot) parang how many years hindi naglaro together. Teamwork lang siguro ang kailangan.”
Talking about the setters that will fill her spot, Wong is confident that sophomore Jaja Maraguinot and returning veteran Jamie Lavitoria can take the Lady Eagles back to the Promised Land.
“Kaya na nila yun,” she said. “Kaya ni Jaja yun, kaya na nila Ate Jamie yun. They know what to do naman.”
As for her return on Season 83, Wong wants to think about it first.
“Di ko pa alam,” said Wong. “Possible but no promises.”
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