UAAP 82: La Salle's iron wall lives through Thea Gagate

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Mar 07, 2020 08:08 PM
UAAP 82: La Salle's iron wall lives through Thea Gagate
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

De La Salle sure didn't look like it had eight rookies in the lineup after taking down defending champion Ateneo Saturday at the MOA Arena.

The Lady Spikers were dominant in their four-set win over the Lady Eagles, starting off UAAP Season 82 on the right foot.

La Salle's new recruits wasted little time in making their presence felt, and the star of the day was certainly the highly-touted middle blocker, Thea Gagate.

Gagate finished with a solid 10 points in her UAAP debut, leading La Salle's signature iron wall with five blocks.

Not bad for a first game, against a rival school no less.

"As a rookie, first time ko lumaban sa ganoong klaseng crowd. At first may kaba pa rin, pero we just trusted coach's system," Gagate said.

"Believe naman po kami sa kanya," she added.

Making her UAAP debut for the Lady Spikers, Gagate cherishes her opportunity. She is ready to absorb everything she can from a proud program like that of La Salle's.

"I'm grateful, kasi di ko yun kayang gawin kung hindi dahil sa tinuturo ng mga coaches namin," Gagate said.

"Syempre baguhan lang kami dito and sila may experience na sila, buti na-guide nila kami," she added.


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