La Salle’s Tin Tiamzon fighting mental battle in road to consistency

The hunt for consistency continues for La Salle’s Tin Tiamzon.

by Mac Dionisio

The pattern is too glaring to ignore: In La Salle’s nine outings in Season 79 so far, Tiamzon, a starter for the Taft-based crew, has blown hot and cold following a scoring drought in one game with a double digit output in the next.

In the Lady Spikers’ last two games alone, the outside hitter tallied 10 points against FEU before registering another low-scoring day with two points against NU.

Asked about her performance, Tiamzon says: “I’ve read about it. I guess coincidence lang na ganun ang pattern but I’m trying my best naman to be more consistent.”

“Medyo bago pa ako. I’m working on it, my mental game. Physically I know I can achieve it. It’s just mentally I have to step up,” she added.

While other UAAP squads live and die with their outside hitters, the same position has been the weakest link for the defending champions.

However, recognizing the problem is the first step in resolving it and Tiamzon vows she is already hard at work in putting her bad habits behind.

“Repetitions din (ang kailangan) para maalis na ang bad habits. Para if you’re having a bad time on the court, you just go back to the basics,” she said.

Good thing going for La Salle aside from spiker Des Cheng picking up her pace in offense and defense is its loaded roster of wing spikers that include May Luna, Arriane Layug and Justine Tiu.

And to these girls, Tiamzon is grateful.

On the pressure piling up in the second round, the spiker shares: “Hindi naman po ako nape-pressure because I know my team trusts me and trust ko naman si coach.”

“Ako naman, if I do have a bad day, I trust na May (Luna), Ate Cess (Tiu) or Ate Arriane (Layug), they will back me up. I’m super thankful na nakaka-cover sila for me,” she closed.