MELA Tunay fought back tears as University of Santo Tomas bowed missed out on the semifinals in her last season with the Tigresses, but she remained optimistic the team will soon end its misery.
UST squad is taking an early vacation in her farewell season, but Tunay is expecting the young Tigresses to show they have what it takes to rise, not next season but starting with their one remaining match against University of the Philippines on Sunday.
“So instead na magmukmok ako pinipilit ko na lang tignan ’yung potential ng team na pwede pang makita ng tao sa susunod na season na siguro hindi talaga for me or for our batch ito,” she said.
Tunay got back from a fractured nose in the offseason to help UST in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament, but the Tigresses simply fell short.
The National University Lady Bulldogs dashed UST’s chances with a five-set win.
“Meron pa naman kaming last game ’yun na lang ang nilu-look forward namin kasi ‘yung mga bata nag-promise sila ng graceful exit for us,” she said.
“So itong last game and last training namin pipilitin namin na wala nang regret.”
Tunay and fellow graduating player Jessey de Leon were the last to exit the dugout after the loss.
She also took part of the blame for the failed campaign.
“‘Yung regrets kasi ‘di na maaalis ‘yun. Kanina nga iniisip ko habang naglalaro sabi ko na, ayaw ko nang sabihin ang salitang sayang ulit,” she said, while tears were starting to well in her eyes.
“Pero unfortunately kami naman ’yung pumapatay sa sarili namin so parang meron akong part na namamanhid ako kaka-sayang,” she added.