UST hitter Sandoval out indefinitely
Mark Escarlote on Nov 02, 2016 10:32 PM
University of Sto. Tomas hitter Carla Sandoval is out indefinitely after injuring her finger.
University of Sto. Tomas hitter Carla Sandoval is doubtful to see action for the remainder of the Tigresses’ campaign in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference.
Sandoval is out indefinitely after the sophomore sustained a fractured right pinky during the semifinals game of UST in the University Games against Adamson.
Sandoval sat helplessly as she watched on the bench, with a splint wrapped on her hand, the Tigresses’ 16-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-14 end of elimination round loss to Pocari Sweat at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City on Wednesday.
“Hindi ko po sure (gaano katagal mawawala) kasi may examination pa po ako,” said Sandoval, who averaged 9.3 points per game in the elims and was a vital cog helping UST win its first four games.
The Tigresses eventually won the UniGames crown in straight sets against University of Perpetual Help.
UST head coach Kungfu Reyes hinted the he might be forced to end Sandoval’s stint in the tournament early to avoid aggravating the spiker's injury.
“Malamang baka sa hindi (na siya maglaro). Aalagaan muna namin kasi may fracture siya sa pinky niya, sa right pa naman,” he said. “Nakuha niya sa block. Medyo nag-relax siguro kaya (nabali) ang kanyang daliri.”
The Tigresses will face Pocari Sweat in the best-of-three semifinals starting Saturday.
Despite her injury and concerns of the coaching staff, Sandoval, who is expected to make the final lineup of UST for the 79th UAAP volleyball tournament next year, hopes that she can still get back into action.
“Siguro po mga one week or pinakamatagal po siguro one month,” said Sandoval of her estimated time of recovery. “Pero kaya ‘yan ng one week.”
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