UAAP Season 82: Javelona announces arrival with a bang
Mark Escarlote on Mar 03, 2020 06:51 PM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
JJ Javelona always dreamed of playing for the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.
So even when the highly-recruited hitter got a call to join a rival school, Javelona still chose to be loyal to the university that discovered and recruited him during his stint in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa.
“Kumukuha sa akin noon ang Ateneo. Pero mas pinili ko na ang FEU kasi siyempre noong elementary po ako FEU na ang nakikita ko sa TV. Marami akong mga idol doon kaya FEU na ang napili ko,” said the Bukidnon native, who idolizes FEU legend Arvin Avila who led the Tams to their last title back in Season 74.
And as a way of giving back to FEU, Javelona introduced himself in the UAAP Season 82 men’s volleyball tournament in the best way possible.
The former high school Most Valuable Player made his presence felt with an explosive debut to power Far Eastern University to an opening day win over University of the East in Season 82 on Tuesday.
The FEU-Diliman product and Season 81 boys’ MVP delivered 11 points including the Tamaraws’ last four points of the match that doused cold water on the Red Warriors’ comeback attempt.
Down, 23-21, the hitter pounded four straight hits as FEU, last year’s runner-up, completed a sweep to open its campaign.
“Hiningi ko po ‘yung bola tapos sabi ko sa team malayo pa ‘yan hindi pa tapos. Hindi nagtatapos ang volleyball ng 23,” said the feisty rookie. “Walang imposible, nakuha namin yung game sunod sunod yung score.”
The 19-year old freshman proved his worth early for a team that lost key scorers in now graduate RJ Paler and Richard Solis.
“Siguro ang expectations nila siguro kasi ‘yun nga na MVP ako nu’ng high school,” said the Sports Science student. “Siguro malaki ang expectations nila na mas aangat pa ako this college. Kapag naglaro na ako ng UAAP sa college mas matibay pa.”
Just like the other FEU stars before him, head coach Rei Diaz sees potential on his prized recruit.
“Right from the start naman kahit sino ang dumating na athlete sa FEU kaya sila pumunta sa FEU kasi gusto nila mag-standout sila,” he said. “Kasi matututo sila. May pangarap sila so yun ang gagawin namin as coaches, tutulungan namin sila maabot kung ano man yung mga pangarap nila.”
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