DESPITE being the youngest member of the women’s national volleyball pool, Eya Laure vowed to make the country proud.
University of Santo Tomas' rookie sensation got more than what she expected on Friday after being picked for the Under-23 pool as well as the 22-woman team for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila.
Laure, 19, and Tots Carlos were the only two players to make both pools.
“Gagawin ko talaga yung best ko, promise ko yun,” Laure said. “Paghihirapan ko talaga everytime na i-represent ko yung country kasi sino ba namang taong hindi gusto mag-represent ng country? Lalo na Pilipinas pa.”
The teenager admitted she was only eyeing a spot in the U-23 during the tryouts.
“Nagulat ako kasi bata pa nga ako for the national team,” she said. “Siyempre blessed din ako and honored na rin kasi siyempre bata pa lang ako parang may nakikita silang something sa akin.”
The former UAAP girls’ MVP admitted that there’s a lot of pressure playing alongside her idols. But she is determined to prove she belongs.
“May pressure pero hindi mo na din iisipin 'yung pressure na 'yun. Gagawin mo na lang din 'yung best mo,” said the daughter of former PBA player Eddie Laure.
“Bata pa lang ako, pinapanood ko na sila. Sila din 'yung tinitignan ng bawat volleyball player dito sa Pilipinas. Siyempre, dream ko 'to na makasama sila lahat,” she added.