UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas coach Kungfu Reyes insists fielding high school standouts Eya Laure and Maji Mangulabnan with the current seniors team in their campaign in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference is a win-win situation.
Laure and Mangulabnan were impressive in their debut when the Tigresses defeated San Beda, 27-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-18, on Wednesday.
Eya finished just a point shy of her elder sister EJ, who had 18 points, while Mangulabnan, younger sister of National U setter Vince, had 29 excellent sets.
“‘Yung leadership nila at least maramdaman naman ng college level at madala nila kung anong developmental na meron kami sa high school,” said Reyes.
“Mai-inspire din sila (college players) na kaya nga ng bata, what more kami ng mas ahead sa kanila. ‘Yun lang ang bottom line kaya nandito sina Maji at Eya,” he added. “And hopefully ‘yung experience nila, bitbitin nila sa high school para win-win situation.”
Reyes, who also handles the UST girls’ volleyball team, will pull out Eya and Mangulabnan from the offseason tournament when the UAAP girls’ volleyball starts but he is optimistic that his high school wards will be better from the experience.
UST guns for a solo lead in Group B when it faces College of St. Benilde on Saturday at the PhilSports Arena.