UAAP Season 82: Tigresses not crying over spilled milk

Mark Escarlote on Mar 05, 2020 12:00 PM
UAAP Season 82: Tigresses not crying over spilled milk
Hindi naman namin tine-take as negative tong pagkatalo namin -- Eya Laure (Photo: Arvin Lim)

Although the opening day upset was a bitter pill to swallow, University of Sto. Tomas is not letting the stinging setback dampen its campaign in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament.

The Tigresses, especially sophomore Eya Laure, want to treat the humbling defeat at the hands of National University as an early wake-up call to get their acts together.   

“Hindi naman namin tine-take as negative tong pagkatalo namin,” said the Season 81 Rookie of the Year following UST’s 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 20-25, 13-15, loss on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.  

The Tigresses, who are looking to surpass their bridesmaid finish last year, were left stunned after collapsing in the last two sets of the first women’s match that went the full distance.

Considered as one of top title contenders and pre-season favorites, UST was outhustled by the Congolese sophomore Margot Mutshima, Risa Sato and sophomore Ivy Lacsina-led Lady Bulldogs in the fifth set as they trailed as much as five points midway in the frame.

The Tigresses did chase NU in the closing stretch but UST’s fightback came a bit too late.

Despite the early misfortune, the Tigresses are keeping their heads up.      

“Pero sabi nga ni coach kailangan lang naming mag-improve every training, every game and laging titignan ‘yung magandang side. Para hindi tayo ma-low morale kasi simula pa lang to eh,” said Laure, who dropped 20 points and 18 digs.

The Espana-based squad will take on opening day winner Far Eastern University on Sunday.



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