Many PH volleyball fans are in consensus in saying that UE’s level of play in Season 78 is already an improved version of its past iterations.
Sadly, the development of the Lady Warriors skills and height-wise is yet to translate into wins as they are yet to win a game this year with a 0-9 record.
Now a sophomore for the Recto squad, libero Kath Arado, last year’s Rookie of the Year awardee, says her lackluster performance is partly to blame.
“Sobrang baba ng nilalaro ko,” Arado told FOX Sports. “Inaasahan ako ng team ko sa dig tapos pasulpot sulpot lang yung dig ko.”
Despite the winless run, though, Arado has been steady for UE especially in their last outing against FEU where she finished with 11 excellent digs and 18 excellent reception.
On making up for her hot-and-cold digging, she says, “Bumabawi na lang ako sa receive. Lahat ng bola na pwede ko makuha sa receive, kinukuha ko.”
The Lady Warriors, with a good mix of veterans and young guns, have shown flashes of brilliance, giving the UE community a glimmer of hope for what’s in store for the team in the years to come.
Shrugging off the pressure brought about by the award she shared with UST’s EJ Laure last year, Arado says complacency could kill anyone’s fire.
“Meron pressure (na nararamdaman) konti pero siyempre tapos na ‘yun. Another season this year,” shared the agile volleybelle.
“Iniisip ko na walang nangyari last year. Ngayon back to zero, dapat more improvement,” she added. “Wala nang award. Kung iisipin ko man yun gagawin ko nalang motivation.”
Earning praises left and right for her ability to send the ball back on its way up even after the strongest of spikes, Arado has made a name for herself as one of the best defensive aces in the UAAP today.
Being great, however, is a thought Arado shuns.
“Sinasabi ni coach na wag hayaan na sabihan lang ako na magaling, dapat marunong,” shared the Mindanao native.
Elaborating, she adds, “Dapat sabihin ng mga tao sa’yo, marunong. Kasi ‘yung marunong nakikinig pa sa coaches at sa ibang tao na pwede pa mag-step up.”
Though UE’s chances of breaking into the semis seem far-fetch now, notching at least a win is a different story as it still has 5 outings to snap what has been a long losing streak.
Keeping a positive attitude through and through, Arado closed by saying, “Wag lang mag-give up. Kasi kung magpapadala lang sa emosyon, mawawala ‘yung game. Kailangan play intelligent.” — By Arylle Magtalas