By: Alexandrea Suñga
FROM outside looking in, former University of Santo Tomas standout Pam Lastimosa believes that the current batch of Tigresses have what it takes to win the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament title.
UST received a tough blow when last year’s rookie of the year Milena Alessandrini went down with an injury during their match against Far Eastern University.
But the fierce Tigresses from España showed their fangs and claws as UST defeated three-time defending champion La Salle in straight sets the following game.
“I think they’re complete in any position. May mga solid silang tao for every position. So I’m very confident na they’ll reach greater heights this conference sa UAAP,” said Lastimosa during their win over Foton in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix at The Arena in San Juan.
“Si Alessandrini, malaking kawalan pero I’m very confident na magsestep-up yung iba para sa position ni Milena and yun nga, nandun yung mga seniors,” she added.
Lastimosa also noted that everyone in the team does their best to step-up every game.
She also mentioned that one advantage of the team is that the rookies are working very hard to help bring the team closer to the crown.
“Kahit rookies, like Eya Laure, nagse-step-up na kahit first year pa lang sa UAAP, and madami pa din silang rookies na kaya pang magstep-up sa upcoming games,” said Lastimosa.
Lastimosa didn’t have to think twice when she was asked who the team’s secret weapon is.
“For me it would be Sisi, the captain. Siya yung leader ng team e. Siya yung senior sa loob ng court so siya yung magdadala ng team,” she said.
The ‘ate’ of the Tigresses gave her heartfelt advice to the Golden Tigresses as they continue their battle this UAAP volleyball season.
“Play your hearts out every game and we’re always here to support you. The alumni and the fans of UST are always here,” she said.