UAAP 82: Tolentino: 'I can't give up my final year and have that regret in future'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 13, 2020 01:51 PM
Tolentino: 'I can't give up my final year and have regret'
Kat Tolentino wants nothing more than to leave it all on the floor in her fifth and final year for Ateneo (FILE PHOTO)

Kat Tolentino is now one of the main stalwarts for Ateneo de Manila University.

And in the UAAP 82 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, she’s ready and raring to be much more than an opposite hitter.

“My main goal for this year is to find that leadership role and show my character," she shared.

She then continued, "I wanna help the team using my experience the last four years. I wanna encourage my teammates to push for that same goal."

Of course, to defend their title, the Lady Eagles need Tolentino to help fill the leadership void left behind by now-graduated Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag as well as injured setter Deanna Wong.

The good news is the Filipino-Canadian is nothing but up to the task - especially as the first and foremost desire in her decision to return was to have no regrets.

"When I decided not to play my final year (after last season), I thought I had made my final decision. I thought I was done, but as the months went by, I started to think about the UAAP and how much fulfillment you get when you play in that league," she shared.

She then continued, "That's when I realized I can't let go of this opportunity. I can't just give up my final playing year and have that regret in the future."

Without a doubt, having one last go-round with her teammates was a big factor in her choice to come back as well. As she put it, "Of course, I miss playing and practicing with the team. Of course, I enjoy playing pro (in the PVL), but it's just different here. I will definitely miss this."

 

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