EYA Laure vows to show her worth if she makes it to the the women's Under-23 national volleyball pool.
The UST rookie sensation turned heads when she attended the first of the two-day tryouts organized by Larong Volleyball Sa Pilipinas Inc. and conducted by national team head coach Shaq Delos Santos and assistants Kung Fu Reyes and Brian Esquibel for the expansion of the Philippine pool.
With the seniors team joining the AVC Asian Women's Club Volleyball Championship in China in April, the Asian Senior Women's Championship in South Korea late August, and the Southeast Asian Games that the country is hosting starting November 30, the LVPI will also form an under-23 pool for the third Asian Women's Under-23 Volleyball Championship in Vietnam on July 13-21.
Laure, arguably the most decorated rookie who is set to enter the collegiate ranks this UAAP Season 81, said that she will prove her worth and do everything for the country if she gets the call-up.
“Kapag andoon na ako, pag natanggap po ako dito, siyempre po ipapakita ko po sa lahat na parang deserving,” said Laure, who is one of the aspirants who stood out among the 37 players during the Thursday tryouts at the Arellano School of Law gym in Taft Avenue.
“Ipapakita ko ang kaya kong i-contribute para sa national team, kung ano yung kaya kong ibigay pa as a player na rin, na parang worth it ang pagpili nila sa akin na hindi ko sasayangin ang opportunity na binigay nila,” she added.
The UAAP girls’ Most Valuable Player missed the last day of tryouts on Friday as she had classes but she was grateful to do the drills and play scrimmages with the national team mainstays and other aspirants.
“Siyempre as a player, malaking bagay na ma-experience itong pag-tryout din. Siguro in the future games ko din, kung ano ang mapulot ko dito, na napulot ko na doon sa iba kong international competitions,” said Laure, who was part of the Under-17 team that finished 7th among 13 teams in the 2014 Asian Youth Girls Volleyball Championship.
“Isa siyang malaking privilege as a player. Yun nga, na-invite pa. So sobrang nakakatuwa.”
Laure is also glad that UST head coach and national team Assistant coach Kung Fu Reyes gave her the full support in trying out for the U-23 national pool.
But for now, Laure’s focus is on her much-awaited rookie year in UAAP Season 81, where she seeks to help redeem the Tigresses from a seventh-place finish last year and give graduating Sisi Rondina a fitting end to her five-year UAAP career.
“Ngayon naman kay Coach Kungfu, sinasabi niya lang sa akin na UAAP muna mag-focus,” Laure said. “Pero minsan kinakausap niya nga ako tungkol nga dito na pumunta nga daw po ako Pero andoon pa rin kami sa parang phase na UAAP muna.”