UAAP Season 82: Nakita ko yung tension namin -- Gagate on Nisperos
Mark Escarlote on Mar 07, 2020 10:10 PM
Thea Gagate of De La Salle University crosses paths with former high school teammate Faith Nisperos of Ateneo de Manila University. (Arvin Lim)
De La Salle University rookie Thea Gagate didn’t hold back any punches describing how it was playing against her former high school teammate Faith Nisperos of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University for the first time in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament.
The towering Gagate felt that the heat of the storied rivalry between the Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles had finally caught up with them.
And it was obvious Saturday.
“Nakita ko yung tension namin. Kasi tinitignan ko sila tapos sila nakatingin din sa akin,” said Gagate of Nisperos and another former teammate Roma Mae Doromal following DLSU’s 25-17, 17-25, 25-17, 25-15, victory over Ateneo.
She said that she never got a chance to talk to Nisperos, whom she played with at Nazareth School of National University, producing titles for the Bullpups in UAAP girls’ volleyball.
“Hindi, hindi. Ayaw ata nila makipag-usap sa akin, hindi ko alam,” she said laughing.
But being teammates before, according to Gagate, proved to be a great advantage for her on defense, knowing Nisperos’ tendencies and habits.
“Yeah. Since like syempre naging teammates kami for three years din, so parang medyo alam ko na yung galaw ni Faith,” said Gagate, who debuted with 10 points – half of which came of kill blocks.
Nisperos, who finished with 13 markers, shared the same sentiment.
“Well, I think advantage siya kasi we have something na we’re both aware of kung ano ang kilos naming,” Nisperos said. “But then again of course ang tagal naming di nagsama there are things na we’ve improved on.”
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