SETTER Deanna Wong showed her readiness to finally step out of Jia Morado's giant shadow by earning the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honors for the period covering March 21 to March 25.
The Cebuana showed her ability to turn trash into gold in Ateneo's last two outings, dishing off 50 excellent sets against University of the East and a career-high 63 excellent sets in a comeback win by the Lady Eagles against Adamson.
Wong beat out teammates Kat Tolentino and Jhoana Maraguinot, University of Santo Tomas ace spiker Sisi Rondina, La Salle libero Dawn Macandili, and FEU setter Kyle Negrito for the weekly honor.
More importantly, the honor proves Wong is finally coming into her own after stepping into the big shoes left by Morado, who passed up on playing her final season with the Lady Eagles.
"Actually hindi ko napapansin or I really don’t mind," the 19-year old playmaker said when asked about her career game.
"Ang nasa head ko lang is how I can chase the ball, how I can set the ball kahit mis-receive. It's a good thing but it’s better talaga if we win. Kahit anong number ‘yan hindi naman ‘yan magma-matter if we lose."
With Wong setting the table, the Lady Eagles continue to lead the league in spiking efficiency (31 percent), despite ranking sixth in digging (11.2 digs/set) and reception efficiency (25.5%).
Having clinched at least a playoff for a Final Four spot, Wong saif the Lady Eagles remain hungry and eager to improve their chemistry.
"It really all boils down to character and what coach Tai (Bundit) always says, 'Heartstrong' talaga ‘yung nakapunta sa isip namin eh," expressed Wong.
"We trust our teammates lang and we encourage each other back. No matter what happens just play our best and everything else will follow."