Nicole Tiamzon was on fire against La Salle, showcasing her power right in the first set when UP set the tempo.
And while she was roaring from the get-go, the senior outside hitter admitted she was nervous before they faced the defending champions.
“Ang kaba pag di mo yun aalisin, walang mangyayari,” she said after leading the Lady Maroons with 16 points. “Sayang ‘yung pagod, sayang ‘yung training. Syempre kailangan natin lakasan ‘yung loob and mag-recover para ma-overcome ‘yung magiging struggle inside the court.”
The Diliman spikers scored their third straight win, sending a message to the rest of the UAAP that they are serious contenders this season.
Tiamzon, however, puts the victory in perspective.
“It’s just the start for the team,” she stressed. “At least, may napulot kami sa game na ito na pwede naming dalhin sa next games. For sure sa second round, babawi din naman lahat.”
Next on UP’s schedule is UST — a team that broke out of its slump to set its bid in motion.
Facing powerful spikers like EJ Laure and Sisi Rondina this weekend, Tiamzon said the Lady Maroons won’t let up, not with the momentum they have gained following their upset of the Lady Spikers.
“Ganun parin, bugbugan parin. Hindi naman natin nilelevel ‘yung lakas eh. It’s anyone’s game sabi nga nila. Kahit sino pwedeng manalo.”