BERNADETH Pons chose to look past the disappointing end to her UAAP career and instead relished Far Eastern University's accomplishments in her final UAAP season with the team.
With Pons leading the charge, the Lady Tamaraws made the finals for the first time since 2009. Though they failed to win a single set in the championship series against La Salle, they fought to the bitter end — a fact the do-it-all graduating star took pride in.
“Masaya ako sa ano man yung naabot namin this year. Sobrang proud ako sa team namin although hindi namin nakuha yung finals, yung goal namin,” said Pons who bowed out with 17 points on 16 attacks in their 24-26, 20-25, 24-26 defeat to the Lady Spikers on Wednesday.
“Hopefully, yung experience na ito is a stepping stone sa mga matitira next year to bounce back,” she added.
Pons had a breakout season this year, distinguishing herself as one of the deadliest scorers while also being a force on the defensive end.
Her efforts certainly didn’t go unnoticed as many believed that she had a legitimate shot at being the season’s MVP to the point that even eventual winner Jaja Santiago thought that the FEU star deserved the plum.
“Masaya ako and na-overwhelm ako kasi yung mga napapansin nila sa akin, it means na maganda yung pinapakita ko,” Pons said. “Masaya ako na dahil na-appreciate nila yung effort ko.”
But more so than excelling on the court, she’s happy to be an example to her teammates off it.
“Naging magandang example kami for them kasi hindi lang sa paglalaro ng volleyball, pati sa academics,” said Pons. “Natapos namin ang aral namin on time then nagpe-perform kami nang maganda sa paglalaro namin.”