IT’s one and done for Wensh Tiu in the UAAP and now she trains her sights on other goals.
Season 75 was the first and last playing season for Tiu and it has been a blast as she helped La Salle to a third consecutive women’s volleyball title with a sweep of the best-of-three finals series against arch-rival Ateneo.
The Taft-based squad ended the season with a 16-1 win-loss record, recovering from an opening-day loss before sweeping all its remaining matches all the way to the title series.
But the comely Tiu, one of the squad’s most reliable players off the bench, won’t be back when the La Salle belles gun for a fourth straight crown as she pursues her goal of becoming a lawyer.
“Open pa rin naman ang options ko pero I’m looking forward to take up law,” the 21-year-old Tiu told Spin.ph moments after the title-clinching Game Two victory.
Tiu, an Advertising Management student, had only one year of eligibility in the UAAP after moving to Taft from La Salle Dasmariñas.
Winning titles is nothing new to Tiu, having led the Lady Patriots to several crowns in various leagues including the CHED Palaro, Universities and Colleges Athletic Association, and the National Capital Region Athletic Association during her three years with the Dasmarinas-based squad.
But Tiu said the UAAP title is the sweetest of them all.
“Sweeter talaga kasi it’s my last playing year after playing volleyball for almost 11 years,” Tiu said.
“Overwhelming kasi na-straight sets namin. Parang lahat ng pinagpaguran namin, worth it especially for me dahil last playing year ko na. It’s all worth it talaga,” Tiu said.
It is that feeling of jubilation in playing the sport for nearly all her life that makes her rethink her options for the future, and it wouldn’t be surprising if she ends up playing in commercial leagues in the future.
“This is my first and last year. Talagang medyo bitin,” said Tiu. “Open pa rin ako sa mga other options like playing volleyball.”