Pons: ‘Masaya kami na napanalo naming ‘yung last three games namin’

Following their four set victory against National University, 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws’ team captain Bernadeth Pons said that the whole team is very much delighted that they won their last three games of the season.

But Pons added that while the twice-to-beat advantage that they have been eyeing for is not yet fully on their part, the team is ready to face any challenge.

“Masaya kami na natapos namin ‘yung second round na napanalo namin ‘yung last three games. So, ‘yung twice-to-beat na sinasabi namin ay ‘di pa natin alam kasi depende pa sa mangyayari sa game mamaya,” she said.

“Kami naman ay ni-ready na kami ni coach physically and mentally kung ano man ang mangyayari. Kung in case man na mag playoffs, ready pa rin kami,” she added.

Fellow senior Chin Basas echoed the same sentiments: “Susundin lang namin ‘yung game plan ni coach na parati niya sa aming nireremind ‘pag nasa court na kami..”

It can be recalled that prior to this game, the Lady Tamaraws came from a two-game winning streak against University of the East and Adamson University.

Pons, who had a double-double with 17 points and 16 excellent receives, said that although they are pressured to meet their goal, it is a challenge for them to overcome such.

“Ang pressure naman ay parating nandiyan. Palagi naman naming nireremind ‘yung isa’t isa na hindi namin siya kailangang i-take as a pressure kasi lalo lang kaming mawawala doon sa dapat naming gawin sa game,” Pons said.

“Chinachallenge lang namin parati ‘yung mga sarili namin at kailangang alam namin ‘yung role namin sa game,” Pons added.

First year mentor George Pascua, meanwhile, said he already instilled in his players the needed mindset coming to the semi-final rounds.

Regardless of the outcome of the match of Ateneo and La Salle later, FEU will face Ateneo come semis.

To this, Pascua said, they will prepare hard for.

“Oo. Kasi manalo, matalo sila pa rin ang makakaharap namin. So, starting tomorrow ang focus namin is Ateneo kasi ang focus namin every practice  ay ‘yung susunod namin na kalaban,” Pascua said.

Since FEU is the host of the UAAP this year, Pascua also noted that his players should not be pressured.

But despite this, their main goal is to win the 30th volleyball crown for the green and white school. Ultimately, they dedicate this season for the entire FEU community.

“No pressure dapat sa mga players kasi 30 kasi kami pa ‘yung host. Ayaw naming pakawalan ‘yung pagkakataon na ‘yun,” Pascua said. “So ‘yung pagkakataon na ‘yun, ‘di na namin siya pakakawalan.”

He added that during this season, he saw that his wards became more mature and mentally tough.

“’Yung mga games naman namin ang na-gain namin doon ay nagmamature ‘yung mga players at nagkakaroon ng self-confidence. Tsaka naglelevel-up ‘yung skill level. ‘Yung mental toughness nila nahahandle na nila ‘yung pressure,” he said.