After PVL title run, Louie Romero and Adamson set their sights on UAAP Season 82 success

Santino Honasan on Feb 06, 2020 03:39 PM
Louie Romero and Adamson set their sights on UAAP 82 success
“Dapat hindi kami ma-kuntento sa narating namin before. Dapat continuous learning lang talaga, and wag titigil kung ano yung nasimulan namin,” (Photo: Josh Albelda)

Adamson Lady Falcons Rookie setter Louie Romero isn’t getting too worked up about her impending debut in the women’s volleyball tournament of UAAP Season 82. 

“Saktong excited lang, kasi hindi sobra eh, bawal ma-excite ng sobra eh, so sakto lang,” she told ABS-CBN Sports with a chuckle. 

The 19-year old from Quezon City will be suiting up for the Lady Falcons in the UAAP for the first time, but it won’t be her first time to play with the team. In fact, Romero helped lead the Lady Falcons to a championship in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, taking home Finals MVP honors in the process. 

“Yung PVL kasi, yun yung naging training ground talaga namin, yun yung unang game namin as a team, then sobrang laking impact sa amin, yung composure, yung teamwork, parang doon kami nag-base kung ano yung status namin as a team,” Romero said. 

Romero adds that more than just being able to use the PVL as a way of jelling, winning the title was a massive confidence boost, which was important for the Lady Falcons, who finished dead-last during UAAP Season 81. 

“Yun talaga yung dapat hindi mawala as a player, yung confidence, kasi yun yung magpapa-angat sayo.”

On a personal level, Romero says that she learned a ton from her stint in the PVL, a lot of which she can carry over to her maiden season in the UAAP.

“Maraming natutunan, especially sa akin, sa skills ko, maraming na-improve, maraming experience kasi yun yung pinaka-importante as a setter, and yung decision-making, kung kanino mo talaga ibibigay yung bola.”

The former Palarong Pambansa Best Setter is coming into the season with a lot of expectations placed on her shoulders, but she says she welcomes the challenge. 

“May pressure naman talaga, hindi naman mawawala yun, pero depende sa iyo kung paano mo icha-challenge yung sarili mo, kung paano mo yayakapin yung pressure.”

“Maraming nag-eexpect na mga tao, pero ako china-challenge ko lang din yung sarili ko kasi mayroon din naman akong ups and downs eh, may mga times na nahihirapan din ako sa setting sa iba, kailangan mo talaga pag-hirapan yung mga bagay para ma-satisfy yung mga tao,” Romero added. 

With their championship run in the PVL as a perfect jump-off point into a new UAAP season, Romero believes that this year will be the year for the hungry Lady Falcons.

“Gutom na gutom [na kami],  actually nung Grade 12, last year, sabi ko, next year, ito na yung time para sa Adamson naman, tayo naman yung dapat lumaban, tayo naman dapat yung tinitignan ng mga tao kasi tapos na yung nakaraan, panibago na ito, most especially sa amin, kasi mga bago din kami.”

While the PVL championship was indeed a step in the right direction, Romero maintains that the Lady Falcons must yearn for even more success to be able to contend in the UAAP. 

“Dapat hindi kami ma-kuntento sa narating namin before. Dapat continuous learning lang talaga, and wag titigil kung ano yung nasimulan namin,” she concluded. 

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