UNKNOWN to his coaches, National University setter Jasmine Nabor was playing with a tumor on her left knee.
Although benign, the tumor has been causing discomfort for the Lady Bulldogs standout - enough to have the 18-year-old pulled out by Roger Gorayeb in favor of Larni Aberin in the entire third set on Sunday when he got wind of her condition.
It was enough to be a cause of concern for the NU coach.
“‘Di naman cancerous, matigas, parang tuhod sa tigas. Kanina ko lang nalaman, kasi umiiyak si Jas,” Gorayeb said. “Si Jas kasi ‘di naman pala-reklamo na bata, sunod lang nang sunod, tahimik siya, ‘di masyado nagsasalita.”
Nabor, though, vowed not to let the condition get in the way of her game. She had 29 excellent sets to go with three points in the 25-15, 25-22, 25-19 win over the Adamson Lady Falcons - NU's third win in as many games this season.
Nabor, who assured that she’s fine, explained why she chose not to let her coach know about the tumor.
“Natatakot po kasi akong magsabi baka kasi pagalitan ako,” said Nabor, adding she has had the tumor since her rookie year. “Kasi baka dahil ‘di niya ako palaruin syempre gusto kong makatulong sa team ko.”
“Kaya patago ko na lang pong tinitiis parang after training dun ako nagpapa therapy pero ‘di niya po alam,” she added.