UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas high school star Eya Laure was quick to play down her impressive performances in her Shakey's V-League, saying she has a long way to go if she wants to stand out in the collegiate level.
The 17-year old do-it-all volleybelle has been a revelation for UST in the Season 13 Collegiate Conference where her 86 points in six games made her the league's No. 2 scorer behind only San Sebastian star Grethcel Soltones (99).
The younger sister of Tigresses top hitter EJ averaged 14.3 points in her six games with the UST college team, but she stressed that there is a lot of work to be done before she can be at par with the seniors.
“Syempre lahat naman ng player (‘di titigil na matuto) at doon po ako naglu-look forward na syempre as a player hindi naman ako nagsa-stop lang kung nasaan ako ngayon,” Eya told SPIN.ph after UST lost to San Sebastian and bowed out of contention on Wednesday at the PhilSports Arena.
“Kung sa high school sabi nila standout ganyan, pero syempre pagdating sa college, ibang-iba,” she added. “Kailangan mag-training pa, madami pang kailangan i-work on sa skills na meron ako, madami pang kulang as a player kung sa college ‘yung pag-uusapan.”
The unassuming outside hitter, who can be as comfortable as a setter and middle blocker, said her impressive performances were her way of repaying the trust and confidence that UST coach Kungfu Reyes gave her and fellow high schooler Maji Mangulabnan.
“Ina-apply ko lang po lahat ng tinuturo ni Coach Kungfu sa game and ‘yung tiwala niya sa amin ni Maji ayaw ko din po siya biguin, ayaw ko din po sayangin,” she said.
“Kasi ang laki po ng impact sa akin na pinagkakatiwalaan ako ni Coach Kungfu,” she added.
Eya and Maji has one more game left with the Tigresses in the conference on Monday against Ateneo before they see action in the UAAP Season 79 girls’ volleyball tournament, which kicks off on September 3.