BALANCING the life of a med student and athlete, who's also recovering from a knee injury, Kathy Bersola is eager to give her best as she returns for the BanKo Perlas Spikers in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference this September.
Bersola admitted that she was itching to play when she missed the decent third-place finish of BanKo Perlas Spikers — led by imports Kia Bright and Jutarat Montripila — in the Reinforced Conference last month.
“Gustung-gusto ko talaga maglaro nung Reinforced Conference like I wanted to play na merong international players, merong mga imports kasi alam naman natin na iba talaga ‘yung level nila and sobrang magandang challenge siya for me,”Bersola said.
“But as fate would have it, hindi ako nakalaro, so inggit na inggit ako sa kanila nung Reinforced,” she added.
The 5-foot-11 middle blocker, who is now studying at University of the Philippines College of Medicine, said that her med school duty was not the problem in missing the previous conference; instead it was her knee injury.
“Actually, nung first semester ng med school I was constantly training with the team but then may overused injury kasi ako sa knees tapos hindi ko siya napapatignan kasi sobrang busy,” shared the UP standout, who suffered a knee injury in UAAP Season 77.
“But eventually nung December pinacheck up ko na tapos ‘yun pala it’s a bit worse than I thought. So I asked to sit out last conference para makapahinga and makapagpatreat para pag bumalik 100 percent na.”
As of now, Bersola said that she is 75 percent ready but she promised to regain her strong form once she returns in the Open Conference.
“Siyempre more man power lalo na sa gitna and since last year na nakalaro ako okay naman ‘yung point output and scoring ko sana madala ko pa rin siya and ‘yun ‘yung macontribute ko sa team,” said the 22-year-old Parañaque native, adding that she is excited to play with last conference’s 2nd Best Middle Blocker Joy Dacoron.
“I’m happy na she (Dacoron) joined our team and malaking tulong din siya sa gitna so I’m looking forward to improving and developing our skills together tapos parang tulungan namin ‘yung isa’t isa na magimprove and ‘yung team.”
Bersola, a BS Sports Science graduate with summa cum laude honors, admitted that medical school is a lot harder to balance.
“Okay naman masaya pero siyempre hindi naman natin made-deny na napakalaki ng difference ng level ng hirap in terms of academics compared to nung college so sobrang like a thousand times more effort siguro lalo na sa pagaaral,' she bared.
"More time to study talaga siya,” she added. “So sariling workout, hanap oras and wala sacrifice lang talaga ng ibang bagay pero ganun pa rin parang college lang.”
As her classes resume on Monday, Bersola is still uncertain if she can join the Perlas Spikers in the Vinh Long Volleyball tournament from September 28 to October 3 in Vietnam due to her academics.