THE Ateneo and La Salle rivalry continues and the young emerging talent look to pick up from where the big stars left off in the UAAP volleyball tournament.
Bea de Leon has big shoes to fill as the Ateneo Lady Eagles officially begin life without Alyssa Valdez, the biggest star of the past few seasons.
Kim Dy has an even larger role to take on as she heads the title-retention bid of a La Salle squad that is now without two stars in Ara Galang and Mika Reyes.
Dy is shrugging off suggestions the Lady Archers are heavy favorites although she admitted that they may have an advantage over a Valdez-less Ateneo squad.
“Hindi ko pa sila nakikita na maglaro na wala si Alyssa Valdez pero I think naman, like us since may mga umalis na, nag-adjust kami and I think naman all teams do that and I think Ateneo did that," she added.
"Advantage sa amin na wala si Valdez? Well, Valdez is a good player so advantage ‘yun na wala na siya," said Dy.
"Siya ’yung go-to-guy so I think ’yung Ateneo may ibang go-to-guy na sila ngayon."
Third year Ateneo middle blocker Bea De Leon believes the Lady Eagles have been doing well without Valdez, and they can use it to their advantage with the load on offense expected to be evenly distributed.
"Syempre, it's hard to lose your leader of how many years pero other than that, it's okay naman," she said.
"Volleyball-wise, it's a lot harder to figure out who's gonna spike and team-wise s'yempre a lot of people are just stepping up and finding their roles. More or less, pantay-pantay kami so it's okay naman."
"Syempre hawala ang isang key player nila syempre they need to to adjust, they can’t depend na kailangan andoon si Valdez para manalo sila," Dy agreed.