ADAMSON University star Eli Soyud leads the best scorer race as she has been helping the Lady Falcons in their three-game unbeaten run in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Season 2 Collegiate Conference.
But Soyud, who averaged 19.33 points after three matches, insisted that she is not after her individual accolades, she is just embracing her role as one of the senior players of the Lady Falcons.
“Ako kasi di ko masyadong minamind pero masaya ako na ganun ‘yung nangyayari and hindi ko naman magagawa ‘yun kundi dahil sa tulong ng teammates ko at coaches ko,” the graduating Lady Falcon said.
“Kailangan ko lang i-embrace ‘yung trabaho ko sa loob kasi isa na ko doon sa seniors talaga ng team and kailangan na hindi ako ‘yung dinadala pa, parang ako na ‘yung magguide sa mga bata at sa mga bago,” she added. “Lagi naman sinasabi ni coach air na umestep up kami kaya binibigay ko lang yung best ko para magawa ko yung trabaho.”
The former De La Salle Lady Spiker-turned-Lady Falcon erupted with 24 points and nailed the game-winning hit to carry Adamson to its third straight win and survive erstwhile unbeaten Far Eastern University in five sets, 30-28, 27-25, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13, on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Soyud believes that it was a great test of character for their team.
“Doon nasubok ‘yung teamwork namin at tiwala sa isa’t isa kasi lagi kaming naghahabol first two sets at napanalo namin ‘yung game,” said Soyud, who dropped 19 kills, three blocks and two service aces. “Pero may kulang pa rin kasi masyadong napabayaan ‘yung third and fourth sets kasi puro error ‘yung simula tapos hanggang di na namin nahabol.”
“Pero at least buo kami hanggang matapos ‘yung fifth set kaya nakuha namin ‘yung panalo,” she added.
The opposite hitter just wants to make the most out of her final playing year and help Adamson to return in the Final Four in UAAP Season 81 next year.
“Siguro (goal ko) maging memorable ‘yung last kong playing year at syempre matulungan ko yung team ko makaabot ng final four or kahit higit pa sa final four kung papalarin kami,” she concluded.