FORMER Ateneo star Maddie Madayag believes that it will be a promising season for the Lady Eagles with the return of veteran Kat Tolentino, who will play her final year in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
After leading Ateneo to the championship in Season 81, Tolentino said that it was her last dance with the Katipunan-based squad.
Six months later, the 6-foot-3 opposite spiker announced that she has decided to see action in the UAAP Season 82.
“Very promising talaga [ang Season 82 for Ateneo] especially may mga seniors pa na kayang dalhin ‘yung team next year,” said Madayag, who has two titles with the Lady Eagles.
“Kasi I think it was mostly me and Bea [de Leon] leading the team, now it’s Kat’s time talaga,” she added. “Hindi na siya scoring machine, leader na rin siya. All around na siya hindi lang sa scoring pati sa pagbuhat ng mga bata.”
Madayag, however, admitted that if Tolentino is going to lead the team she needs to be more vocal on the court.
But with the help of her fellow senior player Ponggay Gaston, Madayag is confident that Tolentino can get out of her shell and lead the team not just in actions but also in words.
“Well actually tahimik talaga si Kat, but I think mapapakita naman niya ang leadership niya the way she plays naman so ayun naman,” she said.
“I think she can handle it naman. Tahimik lang siya, nagsasalita naman siya sa training, sa game hindi lang mukha siyang hindi nagsasalita kasi nao-over power namin siya ni Bea,” she added.
If given the chance, Madayag would also do the same and extend her stay in the UAAP.
“Of course I’m very happy for her kasi ‘yung mga players na gustong maglaro ng extended years,” said Madayag. “Like me, I want to play kung may sixth year. Gusto kong kunin ‘yung playing years noong ibang ayaw na maglaro but then ‘yun nga may hangganan lahat.”