La Salle to channel 'pusong champion' in 2nd round
MANILA, Philippines – La Salle's early run may have been stained by rare back-to-back losses, but the Lady Spikers vow there won't be a repeat when the second round of their UAAP volleyball campaign gets going on Sunday, March 24.
"Palagi namin dapat maalala na we have a blood of a champion, dapat hindi namin papakawalan nang ganoon-ganoon lang kasi iyon," veteran Tin Tiamzon said of the Lady Spikers, who are vying for a record fourth straight crown.
"Pinaghirapan namin at pinaghirapan din ni coach (Ramil de Jesus) na tiniyaga niya na kami, every training, every game. Iyon lang. Push lang po sa second round. Let’s see what happens."
(We should always remember that we have a blood of a champion and we should never lose it. The coaches work hard on us, every training and every game so we just need to fight in the second round. Let's see what happens.)
The defending champions get their first shot at revenge against the UP Lady Maroons on Sunday, 4 pm at Ynares Antipolo.
"Hindi namin makalimutan ‘yung sinabi ni coach na kung ano ang nakasulat sa jersey namin, ibig sabihin na ang La Salle, hindi nagpapatalo and may pusong champion, so hindi namin kinakalimutan ‘yun every game namin," said new La Salle recruit Lourdes Clemente.
(We won't forget coach’s reminder that having La Salle written on our jerseys means that we have the heart of a champion, so we won't give up, we won't forget that every game.)
De Jesus said the first round turned out to be a test of character for the Lady Spikers, who hold a second-best 5-2 record behind the 7-1 slate of the streaking Ateneo Lady Eagles.
“Well sinasabi ko rin sa team na kailangan na matigas ‘yung character kasi sa bawat team na na-encounter natin, makikita mo ‘yung leader doon, medyo matigas ‘yung character," said De Jesus.
"So kailangan na ganoon din [kami] and ready pa naman sila i-improve ang sarili nila sa bawat training and sabi ko sa kanila, hindi naman tayo talented katulad ng ibang team, so nadadaan lang sa tiyaga."
(Well I told the team that their character should be strong because every opponent that we went up against, you'd see the strong character of their leader. We also have to build a tough character and improve individually since we are not as talented as the other teams, so we just fight them with hard work.) – Wilmyn Migguel See/Rappler.com