EVER wondered where University of Santo Tomas super rookie Eya Laure got her fighting spirit from?
No need to look far.
Her dad Eddie Laure is a former basketball player who never backed down from a fight, from his days with Adamson in the UAAP to his stint in the MBA with the Batangas Blades to his long career in the PBA.
Now he has passed on those fighting qualities to his volleyball-playing daughters, specifically Eya who bravely played on after sustaining a left ankle sprain midway through Game Two of the UAAP women's volleyball finals against Ateneo.
When Laure went down, the former PBA player showed no sign of panic as he made his way from the patron section of the MOA Arena to the court. He then picked up his daughter and took her to the UST dugout.
“Syempre naging player din tayo, kumbaga kailangan mong labanan ‘yun [sakit] eh,” he said. “Kahit pa sabihin mong masakit man, mental ‘yun eh, kailangan ma-overcome mo ‘yun. Kahit masakit man, nasaktan man ako, ilalaro ko ‘yan.”
The father of four couldn't help but be proud of his daughter, who insisted on play despite the pain.
“Noong binubuhat ko nga siya papasok doon [sa dugout], sabi niya sa akin, ‘Daddy, gusto kong bumalik doon, gusto kong maglaro.’ Sabi ko sa kanya na kayang-kaya mo ‘yan, iyeyelo lang natin sandali,” he shared.
Eya managed to return to the game but by then, Ateneo was already in control. The Lady Eagles went on to pull off a 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 25-15 victory to drag the Tigresses to a deciding Game Three on Saturday.
The elder Laure expects Eya to endure the pain and lead the fight for the UST Tigresses in the winner-take-all Game Three on Saturday.
Why? Because that's what warriors do.
“Sa Game Three, ang ine-expect ko dyan, wala nang bukas ‘yan. Kahit may masakit man o wala, kailangan mong ilaban ‘yan. Mental ‘yan eh, isipin mong masakit, masakit talaga ‘yan,” said Eddie, who readily reminded Eya whom she’s playing for.
“Lalaban ka para sa team, para sa UST, para sa supporters ng UST, sa community, kahit anong masakit, walang sakit-sakit,” he added. “Gagawan namin ng paraan ‘yan na hundred percent ang lalaruin niya sa Sabado.”