IT was a bittersweet ending for Jose Rizal University graduating player Shola Alvaraez as she played her last game in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament.
The comely spiker, who spent five years with JRU, could not help but to cry after they lost to defending champion Arellano, 21-25, 15-25, 23-25, in the Final Four on Friday at The Arena in San Juan.
Alvarez, who averaged 21.3 points per game in the elimination round, carried the Lady Bombers to their first-ever Final Four stint since JRU started its women’s volleyball program in 2008.
“Noong after ng game wala pa eh, noong nagkamayan, ok pa ako eh. Tapos nu’ng pinatugtog na ‘yung himno, parang ito na ‘yung last ko na nakatayo sa court na ito na kinakanta yung himno,” she said.
“Parang nag-flashback na po lahat ng pinaghirapan ko simula ng pumasok ako ng JRU,” she added.
Alvarez will try to redeem herself in the NCAA beach volleyball tournament February 27 to March 3 in Subic.
But for JRU coach Mia Tioseco, it was a good run.
Coming from seventh place last year, the Lady Bombers leapfrogged to the fourth spot.
“Basically, our goal is to make the Final Four, we made it then may bonus pa,” she said. “Sayang lang because lack of experience, we were very nervous to start the game. But overall, it was a good season.”