DESIREE Cheng didn’t want to let De La Salle down this time.
With the Lady Spikers still licking their wounds after a disappointing loss to University of the Philippines over the weekend, Cheng unleashed a season-high 17 points to help the team bounce back with a 25-20, 25-18, 25-10 win over National University.
“Hindi ko na papayagan matalo basta-basta yung team kasi ang hirap sa part namin na makabangon from a loss,” said Cheng after La Salle reclaimed a share of second place with University of Santo Tomas on 6-3 (win-loss) records.
La Salle head coach Ramil de Jesus was impressed to see her senior star heed his call and become the leader the Lady Spikers needed,
“Natutuwa ako kasi kay Des, nag-step up talaga siya today. So, yun naman ang sinasabi ko sa kanya, kailangan natin ng leader sa team. Binuhat niya yung team today,” De Jesus said.
The outside hitter has struggled in La Salle's past games due to a right shoulder injury. She is still not pain-free but is hopeful to hit full strength as the season enters its most crucial stretch.
“Sana maging healthy pa. Sana, magtuloy-tuloy and hindi lang haggang ngayon 'yung points na yun,” she said. “Sana maging consistent. Consistency talaga 'yung inaantay ko kahit sa akin personally, ako mismo.”
La Salle has a chance to gain solo second place from University of Santo Tomas on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Cheng missed the two team's first-round match, which the Tigresses won in straight sets, owing to injury.
“Ayokong magsalita ng tapos kasi, baka mamaya, madapa na naman kami. This time, pipilitin namin na makabawi, hindi 'yung basta-basta lang na talo like nung last time parang binigay lang namin sa kanila,” Cheng said.
“Ako, personally, lalaban ako. Sana aasahan ko na lahat kami lalaban talaga babawi kami kasi gusto namin.”