Pacres provides ‘boom’ in offense as UST continues UAAP surge

Irrelevant in the UAAP women’s volleyball for the last four years, University of Santo Tomas is slowly gaining recognition, thanks to the effort of the hard-hitting utility spiker Dimdim Pacres.

Though burly and heavy in size, Pacres showed she can move gracefully and compete against some of the league’s top players as evidenced in her last two games for the re-emerging Golden Tigresses.

But she’s not taking sole credit for UST’s ongoing 3-game winning streak at all.

“Sobrang thankful kasi naka-provide ako ng points sa team, nakatulong ako,” Pacres said, moments after earning Best Player of the game honors for helping UST score a 4-set win over Far Eastern University on Saturday.

Pacres has been solid in UST’s last two victories after averaging 11.5 points in the last two wins against the National University and the Far Eastern University, respectively.

No wonder, Pacres has earned the moniker “Boom”, something that was coined by UAAP court announcer Rolly Manlapaz, especially when the UST second-year player makes a solid hit.

“[Ang instruction ni coach] mag-perform lang ako tapos pumalo lang ako kasi yung drop ko hindi [gumagana], palo lang ng palo,” she added.

Taken out of the Team A lineup last year since debuting in Season 77, Pacres is somehow redeeming herself after getting the nod to start over team veteran Pam Lastimosa.

“Kasi nung Team B mas nakakapagod, tagapulot ka lang ng bola. Pinu-push ko yung sarili ko dapat ma-lineup ako ngayon kasi nung high school ako hindi ako binabangko. Lagi akong ginagamit,” shared UST’s utility spiker.

“Nagle-learn ako ng lesson. Kasi kailangan bumaba ang weight ko. Kasi nung Shakey’s, araw-araw inaano ni coach na ‘anong weght mo’ parang nakaka-pressure.”

With UST now tying FEU at 4-3, Pacres vows to push herself harder, hopeful that the Golden Tigresses can finally regain their once lofty billing in the league.

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