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    New skipper Jerrili Malabanan faces tough task as FEU eyes return to finals

    Jan 21, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    JERRILI Malabanan vows to give everything she’s got in her final year with Far Eastern University.

    The new Lady Tamaraws team captain says she feels disappointed with her own performances each of the past four years, but is now determined to end the season with no regrets.

    “My last four years, every time I finished the season then I always have this feeling that I didn’t do enough,” the fifth-year spiker told Spin.ph after Monday’s practice at the FEU Gym.

    “This year, I wanna finish this season, when I play my last game, I wanna have that feeling where I did my best,” insisted a strong-willed Malabanan, who has been embracing the big role not only as a leader but one of FEU’s most reliable players for this year.

    More the silent type than a vocal leader since playing for Sunny Hills Highschool in California and only getting a designation as co-captain for FEU in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference, Malabanan vows to prove her worth.

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    “Being the captain of this team it’s something new for me because I’ve never been a captain of the team before. I’ve been a co-captain but not the captain talaga,” the 23-year-old said.

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    The job is made easier, Malabanan says, with the support of graduating teammates Kyle Negrito and Heather Guino-o as well as libero Buding Duremdes and back-up setter Angel Cayuna.

    “I find it easier than I thought it would be because my teammate I already have a group of other leaders on the team so it’s easier to lead the team that has other leaders that Kyle, Heather, Buding, Angel,” the 5-foot-10 outside hitter said.

    Now without do-it-all Bernadeth Pons and the injured Toni Basas, FEU has a tough task of returning to the finals, but Malabanan said for now, they are not thinking about that goal.

    “We’re trying not to think the players that we’ve lost. Like our coaches told us focus on what we have on our team so we’re working on our strength and weaknesses with the players that we have right now,” said Malabanan.

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    “There will always be that pressure there but we can’t let it get to us too much so we’re just focusing on improving ourselves individually first, and then as a team,” Malabanan said.

    “We’re focusing in taking it one game at a time because if you look at the goal going into the finals again, it might be too much for us to handle.”

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