REMY Palma couldn't keep the tears from falling after Far Eastern University's 22-25, 10-25, 25-16, 24-26 loss to top seed Ateneo in the Final Four put a bitter end to her collegiate career.
“Ganun talaga sa laro may nananalo may natatalo, kailangan i-accept pero sobrang sakit,” said the fifth-year FEU spiker, who was still wiping away tears when she bravely faced reporters after the loss.
“Syempre ayoko naman mag-end ng ganito ‘yung season ko pero wala, ganun talaga kailangan ko tanggapin."
The FEU skipper, though, was later cheered up by words from Ateneo star Jia Morado, who said her respect for Palma grew after seeing her fight to the bitter end.
“Sobrang, as in kung may masasabihan akong may puso sa larong ito, si Palma ang may pinakamalaking puso kanina,” said Morado. “Kitang-kita, kaya nung after ng game talaga, naramdaman ko ‘yung iyak niya.”
Palma, who had 12 points from nine attacks and three aces in the loss, said she was glad to know that he has gained the respect of her opponents despite her feisty attitude on the court.
“Nakaka-overwhelm na ganun pala tingin nila sa akin na kahit minsan iniinis ko sila at naiinis sila sa akin,” she said. “Pero after ng game wala naman na ‘yun, on court lang naman yun.”
“Once na tapos na (ang game) andun pa rin ‘yung respeto at saka sportsmanship,” she added. “Magkakaibigan din naman kami outside the court.”