With nothing working for UST in the first 2 sets, Golden Tigresses coach Kung Fu Reyes decided to shuffle his rotation, putting in Chloe Cortez for Ria Meneses.
Fortunately for Reyes, Cortez helped change the tide for UST, helping them win the 3rd set against Ateneo.
But it wasn’t enough as the Lady Eagles flexed their muscles in the 4th to run away with the 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 25-15 win Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Arena.
Cortez, who usually subs in for Mela Tunay, said she wasn’t shocked at being moved to the middle.
“Usual naman yun. Na-train na rin na nagmi-middle ako, bale dalawa talaga yung pinag-fofocusan ko, middle tsaka utility (opposite),” she said. “Handa talaga ako (to be a middle blocker).”
Even if she has been playing as an opposite, Cortez was able to show her versatility against the defending champs.
“Actually wala akong pinipili. Basta makalaro ako. Kasi feel ko yung forte ko talaga ay yung sa block. Sa utility (opposite) tsaka sa middle, yun naman talaga ginagawa,” she said.
For the past seasons, Cortez has consistently been providing positive energy to the team, especially when she is put inside the court to play.
“Ganoon na talaga akong tao. Pinalaki ako ng nanay ko ng ganun. Iniisip ko talaga na wag mag-isip ng mga negative,” she said.
Cortez told Fox Sports that her being joyful inside the court is what she can contribute the most to her team. “Yun pagiging happy ko, yun na mismo yung nako-contribute ko sakanila. Yung simpleng ipa-feel mo lang sakanila na nandyan ka.” — By Arylle Magtalas