Inisip kong buhatin ang team -- EJ Laure

Mark Escarlote on Sep 10, 2016 05:23 PM
Inisip kong buhatin ang team -- EJ Laure
Inisip ko na lang na kailangang may magbuhat sa amin na isa na galing sa bench -- EJ Laure

BINAN CITY --- EJ Laure proved that when her number is called, the youngest member of the Foton Pilipinas Tornadoes can deliver.

The 19-year-old recruit from University of Sto. Tomas had a breakout game in her second international stint.

Even the Tornadoes’ 18-25, 21-25, 25-12, 22-25, loss Saturday against Sarmayeh Bank-Iran in the classification for 5th to 8th spot in the 2016 AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena here didn’t dampen the open hitter’s heroics in the third set.

With American import Ariel Usher playing out of sync, Italian head coach Fabio Menta fielded Laure in a relief role. 

Laure scored seven of his 12 points in the third frame and even saved two of Foton Pilipinas’ three match points before Iran made its escape.

The soft-spoken volleybelle pumped in 10 kills with a block and an ace.          

“Siyempre kasi parang last game noong ginamit niya (Menta) ako parang sinabi niya sa team na binibigyan nya kami ng opportunity so bakit hindi namin gamitin,” said the member of the national squad that played in the 2015 Asian U-23 Championship held in Manila.

“So ‘yun parang iniisip ko ‘yun everyday na kailangan ko pa lang gawin ang best ko every time binibigyan niya ako ng (playing time) sa loob ng court,” she added. “Wala naman kasi di ba parang in the first few sets parang walang laro, parang off sina Ariel (Usher).”

Laure said that she took it upon herself to deliver the offensive spark to lift the team.

“Inisip ko na lang na kailangang may magbuhat sa amin na isa na galing sa bench. Kasi di ba kami ang nakakakita (ng sitwasyon) sa bench? Ginawa ko lang ang best ko for the team,” Laure said.

“Noong second set (noong ipinasok ako) nagulat pa ako kasi sabi niya (coach Menta) magba-block lang daw ako,” the volleybelle added. “Inisip ko na lang na ipakita sa kanya ang kailangan niyang makita and noong third set ginamit niya rin ako ang pinrove ko sa kanya na kaya ko pa lang gawin ang mga nagagawa ng ibang (mas veteran) na players.”

The loss was Foton Pilinas’ fifth straight in six outings. Yet Laure is looking at the positive thing the team did against a team composed of Iran’s national squad.   

"Overall maganda pa rin naman ang ipinakita namin as a team and siyempre ginawa namin ang best namin kahit na nagkulang,” she said.

The Tornadoes will battle T. Grand of Chinese-Taipei on Sunday for seventh place with hopes of surpassing Petron’s eighth spot finish last year. 

Laure and the rest of Foton Pilipinas is ready for the challenge.

“Siyempre lalaban pa rin kami and siyempre gagawin pa rin namin ang best namin,” said Laure.

 

 

 

 

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