Pam Lastimosa and Chloe Cortez performed their final collegiate recreation when University of Santo Tomas misplaced to defending champion De La Salle 25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, within the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 ladies’s volleyball event.
Lastimosa and Cortez together with Alex Cabaños noticed their tenures as Golden Tigresses come to an finish in a bitter defeat within the crew’s first Final Four look in 5 years.
For Lastimosa, the UAAP not solely helped her as an athlete but in addition as an individual.
“It was a memorable journey, it didn’t make me just a good player but it also molded me into a better person and I learned a lot really,” mentioned Lastimosa at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I’ve learned things that I can use both as an athlete and as a person.”
“I’m very thankful to those who’ve supported me, from coach Shaq [Delos Santos], coach Odjie [Mamon], and coach Kung Fu [Reyes], they helped me who I am today.”
Of the Golden Tigresses who performed in Season 79, solely Lastimosa was capable of play in two Final Fours since she bought an extension after she missed one yr to recuperate from an ACL tear.
Lastimosa was a rookie when UST final entered the Final Four in Season 74 the place she was joined by the likes of Judy Caballejo and Maika Ortiz within the lineup.
“Everything happens for a reason, I think the downside was I tore my ACL, but it was a blessing that I was able to come back and play in another Final Four,” mentioned Lastimosa.
For Cortez, her time with UST may be described as versatile.
Cortez by no means actually had a concrete place inside the Golden Tigresses as she was utilized to play virtually all three frontline positions.
What made Cortez a significant a part of the crew was her skill to be a stable presence in entrance of the web.
“I don’t regret anything, I love what I do, and I won’t last five years if I didn’t love what I did,” mentioned Cortez. “I thank all my coaches and my teammates because they not only molded me as a player, but I matured in life thanks to their guidance.”
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