UAAP 82: Graduating Tin Tiamzon hopes to help lead young DLSU Lady Spikers back to women's volleyball glory

Santino Honasan on Feb 11, 2020 04:33 PM
UAAP 82: Tiamzon hopes to help lead young DLSU back to glory
"Yung Animo ko, sana makikita nila na hindi na ako papayag na magpapatalo pa. Sana yung yung ma-remember until my last game.” - Tin Tiamzon

For ten straight years, the De La Salle Lady Spikers were a constant in the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Tournament’s Finals. 

Since Season 71, the ladies from Taft Avenue were always one of the league’s two best squads, and during that stretch, they were the best for seven seasons. 

In Season 81 however, following the exodus of stars in Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, and Dawn Macandili, the Lady Spikers broke a ten-year long streak of making the Finals, finishing just third after falling to an inspired University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses team in the semis.

This, after losing to the same UST squad in the playoff match for the second seed twice-to-beat bonus. 

Outside hitter Tin Tiamzon, who was expected to be one of the leaders of the team with the departure of Dy, Baron and Macandili, felt that last season’s painful exit was due to a lack of cohesion or connection within the team, especially when it mattered most. 

“Hindi ko din ma-explain eh, kung ano nangyari,” Tiamzon told ABS-CBN Sports. “ I think hindi kami connected nung games na yun, yun lang masabi ko, hindi kami connected sa isa’t isa, so we weren’t strong enough to overcome yung other team, kasi yung other team, I guess they were more prepared, more in-sync with each other, whereas yung sa team namin, hindi kami ganun ka-[connected] nung days na yun.”

“Yun lang masasabi ko kasi yun lang yung [nakita] ko eh, kasi yung first na UP game, hindi ako masiyado naglaro, and yung first UST game hindi din ako masiyado naglaro. Second half na ako naglaro eh, so yun lang talaga yung ma-ano ko eh,na parang hindi kami in-sync or connected, or ready to face that team,” she continued. 

For Tiamzon, now one of the leaders of a very young DLSU team, the first step to getting back on the right path was moving past last season’s heartbreak. 

“I think we had to move on from that upset, kasi nga first time in a while yun, and we were very disappointed with ourselves, na hindi namin na-abot yung gusto naming abutin,” Tiamzon explained. “So, we continued, we worked hard, we prepared with a new batch kasi lima na lang kami na natira na seniors, so yung mga bata, we had to support them and teach them yung culture na gustong i-pass on ni coach, for a long, long time, na yun din yung pinass-on sa amin ng mga seniors namin.”

Still, moving forward from past failures does little to remove the sting. What it does however, is serve as fuel for motivation. 

“For me, personally, nahiya ako sa mga previous seniors, na yun yung result, yung nangyari last year, but it is what it is. We can’t do anything about it na i-change pa, so we just had to move on and still have a positive attitude despite what happened.”

The 22-year old Tiamzon was a key cog in DLSU’s championship run back in Season 80 - the third of their most recent three-peat - but saw herself play less during Season 81. She herself admits that last season, she was far from her peak. 

“Hindi yun ako,” Tiamzon said.

Now an incoming senior and on her final year of eligibility in the UAAP, Tiamzon plans to get back on track so that she can help her team get back on track as well. 

“Every training I want to improve, I want to learn, I want to keep pushing, yung ipu-push ko talaga yung sarili ko sa total limit ko para the next day, mas may mataas na akong limit, hanggang sa yung limit ko, sobrang lawak na para madami akong reserve para sa mga games, para ma-help talaga yung team manalo, despite everything that happened this past year.”

“Last na, all or nothing na talaga,” she added. 

With one last season, one last opportunity to help lead the Lady Spikers back to familiar glory, Tiamzon hopes to be able to also leave a lasting legacy, one that embodies the true meaning of the Animo spirit. 

“[I want to be remembered na] I’m someone who is willing to fight, despite anything na nangyayari sa loob ng court sa team, or any other external factors. Yung Animo ko, sana makikita nila na hindi na ako papayag na magpapatalo pa. Sana yung yung ma-remember until my last game.”

Tiamzon hopes that she, like many of her seniors before her, can also have a grand championship exit. 

"It’s been my college life-long dream to get that, the way I’ve given it to my seniors, na sana ganun din yung ending para sa akin."

When asked how she would describe this new, young Lady Spikers team, Tiamzon’s response was quite simple: 

“Hungry. Very, very hungry."


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