This really is my last playing year -- Tolentino on cancelled Season 82
Mark Escarlote on Apr 08, 2020 02:04 PM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
It was not the exit Ateneo de Manila University senior Kat Tolentino wanted but the Lady Eagles star knew that the decision of the UAAP Board to cancel Season 82 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was for the best.
The UAAP on Tuesday decided to end the season following the government’s declaration to extend the enhanced community quarantine to April 30 as the number of COVID-positive cases continue to rise and with the virus claiming more than a hundred lives.
It was a disappointing end for Tolentino’s collegiate career as she hoped to help the Lady Eagles retain the women’s volleyball crown.
“It’s sad, of course. I am sure all the athletes will be disappointed,” Tolentino, who averaged 10.5 points per game in Ateneo’s two outings, told ABS-CBN Sports through her management Virtual Playground.
The opposite spiker, who announced that she’ll forego her final year after leading Ateneo to its third overall title in Season 81, decided to return for one last ride for the blue and white.
Aside from Tolentino, who is currently in Vancouver, Canada, seniors Jho Maraguinot and setter Jamie Lavitoria also came back to play their last year for the Lady Eagles. Under the current UAAP rules, a player must be below 25 years old as of July 31 to be eligible to play.
Ateneo was one of the teams to beat this season with the experience and veteran presence of Tolentino and other returning players complementing the Lady Eagles' young bloods led by rookie Faith Nisperos.
“[It’s sad] especially since I decided to come back and this really is my last playing year na,” said the 25-year old Fil-Canadian. “Also, sad just because I was really looking forward to playing with this new team of Ateneo.”
“But I understand these are very difficult circumstances,” she added. “It’s been difficult not being able to train as a team or in our normal environment.”
Tolentino said that with the current situation of the contagion, it is best to cancel the season.
“If the UAAP is going to rush and put the athletes/community at risk it may not be worth continuing the season” said Tolentino.
“In the end, it will be frustrating, heartbreaking and it will disappoint so many people, but I will be understanding in whatever decision is made,” she added.
The Lady Eagles won against University of the Philippines in their first match before bowing down to archrival De La Salle University where Tolentino was limited to only six points.
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