LA Salle stalwart Mika Reyes once more justified her contentious action during the team’s heated UAAP women’s volleyball game against defending champion Ateneo over the weekend, saying it was nothing but a mere personal expression of herself as an intense competitor.
“Siguro sa akin lang as a senior (player) kailangan ko lang ipakita sa teammates ko, lalo na sa mga bata, na hindi dapat matakot. Kung kaya ng senior nila, susundan nila ‘yun eh,” said Reyes as the Lady Spikers scored an 25-22, 25-14, 25-18 victory Saturday that put an end to the Lady Eagles’ 24-game winning streak dating back two seasons ago.
“So sabi ko sa sarili ko, walang masama (magpakita ng swag) eh. Ganito ako, ganito ang personality ko. So lalaban talaga kami,” she added.
A brilliant play by the La Salle middle blocker outshone the entire game itself as she did it at the expense of volleyball darling Alyssa Valdez.
Reyes came through with a perfect block on Valdez after the Ateneo superstar rose for her patented back row attack late in the second set.
The fifth year La Salle player stared down at Valdez, who was left lying on the floor, shortly after the play, and then stuck her tonque out as she turned her back and celebrate with her teammates.
Ateneo fans obviously didn’t like Reyes’ reaction, which drew jeers from the Blue Eagles’ crowd. Later on, the incident became a trending topic on social media.
Reyes later explained her side on the matter, insisting it was purely an adrenaline rush.
Still, die-hard Valdez fans and netizens continued to bash the La Salle veteran on social media.
La Salle has one more remaining match in the first round of elimination, going up against University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.