Volleyball players think staredowns sure to stay in the new normal

Mark Escarlote on Jun 24, 2020 05:26 PM
Volleyball players think staredowns to stay in new normal
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
Staredowns are sure to stay in volleyball.

Actually, it might be the norm in the new normal when the time comes that volleyball leagues are allowed to resume their respective tournaments.

In the pilot episode of TBH, collegiate stars Ponggay Gaston of Ateneo de Manila University, Michelle Cobb of De La Salle University, University of Sto. Tomas’ Eya Laure and Rosie Rosier of University of the Philippines talked about different topics including the return of volleyball.

Gaston felt that volleyball should be one of the sports that the government should allow to resume once the health crisis gets better.

“Kasi it's less contact di ba? It’s a non-contact sport and dream ko sana makalaro na tayo,” said the team captain of the reigning UAAP champions Lady Eagles.  

“Wala na lang manonood, maybe televised. Pero iniisip ko kasi there’s so many technical things that are needed to be than for this to happen,” Gaston added. “Pero sana volleyball ang mauna kasi anim na lang kayo sa court hindi naman magkadikit ang posisyon di ba?”

However, the Ateneo star also wondered how they would react on court if they have to follow physical distancing.

“Pero ang iniisip ko sanay tayong makipagyakapan sa teammates, mag-apir-apir lalo na ‘pag in the moment lalo na kapag nagka-point. I guess ngayon kailangan staredown, staredown muna,” said Gaston, drawing laughter from the crew especially Laure and Cobb.

The Lady Spikers setter and Tigresses’ top hitter are notorious with their staredowns and gestures to express their emotions during games.

“Forte ko na ‘yan no! Di na ‘yan new normal,” Cobb quipped.

Laure chimed in.

“Normal pa din sa amin 'yung ganoon,” said the UAAP Season 81 Rookie of the Year.

“It’s gonna be a part of the new normal,” Gaston said. “Kasi di ka naman lumalapit sa tao, titingnan mo lang eh di ba?”

Shifting to serious talk, the group also discussed the possibility of holding games behind closed doors.

“Imagine playing sa big game tapos ang tahimik,” said Cobb.

Laure mentioned how her brother Echo celebrated the back-to-back boys’ basketball championships of Nazareth School of National University in an empty arena.   

“Iba pa rin feeling kapag may nanonood,” said Laure.

For Rosier, it will definitely be different but sports in general must adapt to the current health situation. 

“It’s gonna be super different without allowing people watching. It’s gonna be hard but I think it’s this thing about sports it’s adaptable, its flexible,” she said. “For a new normal there must be a way to advertise sports and at the same time enjoy it.”

Catch ‘TBH’ every Tuesday with replays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on LIGA Channel 86, and LIGA HD on Channel 183 on SKY Cable and Destiny.

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