GRADUATING setter Ayel Estrañero can look forward to the next step in her volleyball career now that University of the Philippines is out of the semifinal race, but says the Lady Maroons' focus for now is their final match in the UAAP women’s tournament against Adamson University.
The Lady Maroons and Lady Falcons clash on April 27 in a battle of also-rans at the Arena in San Juan, but Estranero says they are eager to end their season on a high note.
“It’s still the same mindset, we’ll be working over the Holy Week break, train hard, train even harder so that at least on our last game we could finish our season with a win,” Estrañero said.
Among the favorites after the preseason success in the commercial leagues, the Lady Maroons fell below expectations in the UAAP tournament and will be out of the semifinals for a third straight year.
Still, Estrañero lauded the team for the hard work.
“If I think about the overall season, I think I would still commend my teammates and our coaches for working hard everyday in training. Siguro everyone was already tired but you can’t hear anyone complaining in training. Everyone maintained a positive attitude going into the next games.”
“Masakit siyempre kasi I’ve dreamed so much for my team,” Estrañero expressed. “Andoon talaga yung goal pa rin na to get at least a Final Four finish and hopefully in the finals. Who wouldn’t want that kind of finish in your graduating year?”
“It hurts but life doesn’t end here.”
A hardworking setter who is also an effective scorer, Estranero will be an asset to any club, although she has yet to commit to a commercial league team.
“I can cry, I can, like, feel bad but then at the end of the day I still have to move on with my life and at least think about what’s next for me in my volleyball career,” said the Communication Research senior.
“As a senior and as a graduating student in UAAP, I can’t say that I’m disappointed, of course there is frustration, you feel a little bad cause you wanted to reach at least the Final Four pero hindi nangyari,” she added.