AMERICAN writer Arthur Golden wrote in his novel Memoirs of a Geisha that "a wounded tiger is a dangerous beast." Smarting from a finals injury and a second place finish for the Golden Tigresses, Eya Laure cannot wait any longer for another battle.
After a three-week delay (no thanks to COVID-19), the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament is finally pushing through on Tuesday, and second year opposite spiker Laure is taking the lead for University of Santo Tomas as it hopes to bounce back and claim the title.
Volleyball fans may remember that painful moment during the Game Two of the best-of-three finals series between UST and Ateneo, when the young volleybelle landed awkwardly and hurt her left ankle. She was carried off to the locker room by her father, Eddie.
But she had carried herself well throughout the entire season. On her first year in the collegiate ranks, Laure earned her stripes, displaying a fierce and never-say-die attitude on and off the court.
But Season 81’s rookie of the year was quick to deflect the credit.
“‘Yung tapang na lumabas sa akin last year dahil ‘yun sa mga teammates ko,” said Laure.
“Kahit anong gawin mo nandyan sila, back up sila sa’yo, lalakas ang loob mo na magkamali ka alam mong nandyan sila sa likod mo,” she added.
With all eyes focused on her, Laure bared that, with her teammates having her back, everybody can expect the same fire and intensity from her.
“‘Yung nagkakaisa kayo, ‘yun ‘yung feeling kaya lumabas ‘yung ganoong tapang,” she said.
UST starts its campaign on Wednesday against National University at the MOA Arena.