A WEEK after helping the Far Eastern University reach the UAAP women's volleyball semifinals, Bernadeth Pons has completed the task of towing the Lady Tamawars to a top two spot and a twice-to-beat advantage.
For her all-around play, the 21-year-old spiker from Negros Occidental was named by scribes covering the beat as Player of the Week for the second straight time.
The do-it-all outside hitter delivered 13 points, 13 digs and 13 excellent receptions as FEU ripped University of the East.
She had 17 points and 16 excellent receptions as the Lady Tamaraws defeated the National University Lady Bulldogs in their final elimination match , 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20.
Pons was chosen for the award over La Salle’s Kianna Dy and Michelle Cobb, Adamson’s graduating players Mylene Paat and Jema Galanza and Tots Carlos of the University of the Philippines.
“Masaya kami na natapos namin yung second round, na naipanalo namin ang last three games namin,” she said.
“Ang pressure palagi namang nand'yan, palagi naman naming nire-remind ang bawat isa na hindi namin siya dapat i-take as pressure, kasi lalo lang kaming mawawala sa kung ano ang dapat naming gawin.”
“So china-challenge namin palagi nag sarili namin, kung ano 'yung mga dapat naming gawin, kung ano ang role namin sa team, 'yun,” she added.
Pons is in fourth place in the scoring race with a total of 215 points, eighth in the Best Spiker list with 198 kills on 30.6 percent success rate and third both in digging (208 digs) and receiving (170 receptions on 45.2 % efficiency rate).
But Pons, in her final playing year, says the goal is to help FEU claim its 30th UAAP title.
“‘Yung mga individual awards naman bonus na lang ‘yun. Ako palagi lang akong nagfofocus kung ano ‘yung dapat kong ibigay na maitutulong ko sa team, kung ano ‘yung kailangan ko maperform as a team captain and as a senior,” she said.
“‘Yung target naman namin is ‘yung trophy ng champion. ‘Yun ang pinakagusto naming makuha.”