In a marathon recreation that featured a hyperextended fourth set, Eya Laure discovered herself at one level screaming over the din to get her message throughout to her teammates.
“There are no cowards among tigers,” she stated.
By the top of the sport, she had confirmed her level much more emphatically than her phrases might ever do. Her 31-point efficiency—a career-best—propelled University of Santo Tomas (UST) to a 25-19, 25-21, 29-31, 33-31 over a rolling Ateneo group that had beforehand gained three straight video games after limping out of the gates within the UAAP Season 84 girls’s volleyball event.
Laure had no inkling that she was headed for a profession night time in opposition to the Blue Eagles.
The queen Tigress was merely making an attempt to atone for earlier miscues she dedicated. And she wished to steer a comparatively younger squad in a match that couldn’t appear to seek out an ending.
“It really ended up a battle of who had the tougher mind and heart,” Laure stated of the match. “There were times when I started doubting myself. But coach Kungfu [Reyes] was always there to remind me to bounce back, forget [my mistakes] and keep trusting myself.”
The former UST highschool hotshot has been an image of consistence within the event. While producing kills in bursts has been her specialty, she has additionally coated the ground nicely on protection, generally notching twin digits in glorious digs and receptions—assembling volleyball’s model of a triple double. “I really am just so happy to be able to play for UST after a two-year absence,” she stated in a message despatched to the Inquirer. “I had many [career] options but I really wanted to suit up for UST this season.”
And the numbers present her value. The 23-year-old Laure has emerged the highest scorer after the primary spherical with a complete of 160 factors damaged down into 143 assaults, 11 blocks and 6 service aces. And her statistics aren’t empty energy; Laure is producing all that for a group that’s tied for second within the league at 5 wins and two losses.
To put these numbers into context, the subsequent greatest scorers are Ateneo’s Faith Nisperos (127 factors), La Salle rookie Leiah Malaluan (109 factors) and University of the East’s Ja Lana (102 factors). Of these three, solely Malaluan is taking part in for a group with a document higher than .500.
Laure plans to exploit the UAAP break to get well. Although she stated UST’s crowd has helped in that division by buoying the Tigresses’ power.
“Our ‘seventh man’ is always out there to tirelessly cheer for us every game,” stated Laure. “They always find a way [to support the team]. How can we be tired if we hear the cheers that we’ve missed the past two years?”
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