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    Rookie France Ronquillo picks perfect time to show veteran-like poise for FEU

    May 4, 2019
    PHOTO: edward solo

    ROOKIE France Ronquillo showed maturity beyond her years for Far Eastern University to force a rubber match against the twice-to-beat Ateneo in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four.

    Playing with their backs against the wall in front of 11,000 roaring fans at the MOA Arena, Ronquillo showed that she got nerves of steel in the service line delivering the crucial serves in the fifth set.

    The 19-year-old rookie successfully served all the ball in their 6-0 run and even nailed an ace that gave FEU a 12-7 advantage before beating Ateneo living to fight another day.

    “Pinapasok ko sa isip ko na maipasok ko lang ‘to basta di siya mag outside or not over, basta mapasok lang,” Ronquillo said. “Noong nakita ko na tuloy-tuloy na service ko nawala na pressure sa akin parang mas nag gain ako ng morale na lumaban pa po.”

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    The little-known recruit from Nueva Ecija admitted that she felt the pressure in her first Final Four game, where she played all five sets.

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    “Nung unang pasok ko sa ciourt may kaba pa po, ang lamig nga ng kamay ko kasi last year pinapanood ko lang sila ate tapos ngayon tutulong na ako sa kanila,” she said.

    But Ronquillo didn’t want to let her teammates and the FEU believers down.

    “Hindi ko sinayang oras na yun para tulungan sila sa kahit anong paraan,” the young open spiker said. “Kasi ako po as a rookie ayaw ko pong ma-disappoint mga taong naniniwala sa amin. Kita ko po kasi pagkagusto ng mga ate na umabot ng finals na hindi dito matatapos season nila.”

    After being instrumental for FEU in removing Ateneo’s twice-to-beat edge, Ronquillo was fulfilled that she was able to help her teammates.

    “Sobrang laking fulfilment kasi kahit sa anong paraan nakatulong po ako sa kanila na hindi na po nila kailangan mag hirap sa loob or mag rally nang mahaba,” Ronquillo said.

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