UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas sophomore Milena Alessandrini continues to adjust in embracing the leadership role of the Tigresses despite her rise in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference.
The Filipina-Italian spiker played her best game on Philippine soil, erupting with 31 points to lead UST in beating Adamson, 25-20, 27-29, 13-25, 25-19, 17-15, and move a win away from bagging bronze on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Alessandrini, who nailed 24 spikes, six blocks and a service ace, was grateful for the chance given to her by her coaches.
“Very happy siya nagpapasalamat siya sa kanyang mga coaches na nareach niya yan so ngayon nakakaadjust adjust siya. Yun lang very happy siya, satisfied naman siya sa naging laro niya,” said her Auntie Cora translating the answer of her niece, who also had 13 digs and 11 excellent receptions in the game.
The UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year also admitted that the shoulder injury she sustained in her debut season continues to bother her.
“Masakit pa rin konti siyempre sumusumpong sumpong pa rin pero natotolerate naman niya okay lang,” Alessandrini said.
The 6-foot-1 open spiker, who averaged 12.43 points in the eliminations and finished as the Top Six scorer, added that she is still adjusting with the style of play in the country and trying to embrace the role of being one of the leaders to the younger Tigresses.
“Hindi pa rin masyado kumbaga nagaadjust pa rin siya. Siyempre hindi pa naman siya gamay lalo nung UAAP makita niyo naman kasi nga yung shoulder niya,” she said.
The Tigresses try to seal the bronze medal on Wednesday before they shift their focus in defending their crown in the UniGames 2018.
And as early as now, Alessandrini is slowly embracing her role as a leader.
“Ngayon babawi naman tignan natin sana gumaling na yung (shoulder) basta nagpapasalamat siya sa mga coaches niya kasi marami siyang natutunan,” she added.