ROOKIE sensation Laure said she is far from a finished product, insisting that she is still looking to gain confidence and consistency as the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament goes along.
Easily the most exciting high school prospect to enter the collegiate ranks in years, the younger sister of former UST star Ej Laure is expected to bring the Tigresses to the Promised land in her debut season.
But Laure, 19, was quick to remind people that she is still just a rookie.
“Madaming nage-expect pero tao din ako, rookie pa lang ako,” said the UST rookie, who struggled with 12 points while converting 10 spikes out of 31 attempts in UST's four-set loss to Ateneo on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan City:
After a 17-point debut in a five-set win over Adamson last Sunday, the former UAAP girls’ volleyball MVP struggled in the first two sets against Ateneo, got into some sort of rhythm in the third, only to falter again in the fourth set.
“Hindi ko naman sinasabi na pag every game, kung ano man yung 17 points, hindi ko naman siyempre kaya ulit ulitin,” she said. “Kasi naga-adjust din ako sa level ng laro dito sa seniors kasi iba-iba rin yung nakakalaban namin.”
“Ang dami kong nababasa, akala nila yung laro ko kaya ko maging consistent pero yun nga yung hinahanap ko sa sarili ko. Wala pa ako nun e.”
Laure also acknowledged that she needs to develop her leadership qualities and gain some 'swagger.'
“I mean, hindi naman swag sa kalaban pero yung confidence ko sa sarili na chini-cheer up ko yung sarili ko at yung teammates ko,” she said.
“Yung nagsasalita ako na nadadala ko sila kasi kapag nakita nila ako na nginingitian ko minsan yung kalaban, hindi naman personally, dun ko lang nakukuha yung confidence ko na maglaro kung ano yung nilalaro ko.”