Ateneo faces a double-edged sword with the prolonged break in preparation for the UAAP Season 79 ladies’s volleyball finals.
On one hand, the break is a welcome respite for the Lady Eagles as they hope to recuperate from their nagging accidents before waging struggle towards La Salle.
“I think it’s good news for us so that we can prepare better,” mentioned Mich Morente.
“Bea (de Leon) sprained herself so her foot is hurting, Jia (Morado) is nursing her hurting back, Kat (Tolentino) is having problems with her knee, same with Jho (Maraguinot). I strained my abs during the game and I don’t know why. Others have pain in their lower back. I hope we’ll get through this.”
However, the re-scheduling of Game 1 from this Saturday to May 2 additionally comes at a worth for Ateneo because it must concurrently put together for the championship sequence and the gamers’ remaining examinations.
“Next week will be our Finals for academics, so it will all be at the same time. I feel it will be hard for us to manage our time, especially that the volleyball games are very important the same with our school,” mentioned Morente. “It’s both a good news and bad news for us.”
But it’s what it’s, and Ateneo might do nothing however proceed its twice-a-day coaching in hopes of nabbing its third title in 4 years.
Morente is hopeful that issues will all fall into place as soon as the Lady Eagles hit the ground subsequent Tuesday for Game 1.
“As of now, we’re doing the same drills coach Tai (Bundit) has been giving us. Training never stops, every single day, seven days a week,” she mentioned. “I hope the ones with injuries will recover while we wait for the Finals to start. We have time to undergo therapy so that at least when the Finals are here, we’re already ok.”
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