WHEN Isa Molde went down early in the second set, Ateneo de Manila head coach Oliver Almadro rushed his way into the court to check on the University of the Philippines star, hoping it’s not a major injury that would affect her UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball stint.
Almadro said it hurts him every time he sees a player fall down with an injury; that’s why he checked on Molde and offered a short prayer.
“You know why? Iniingatan ko rin talaga sila kasi parang tatay, I act as a father to them, whatever happens to them, ako ‘yung unang masasaktan and ‘yung mga batang iyan, kilala natin na mga bata palang iyan,” Almadro said.
“I always pray for safety of all volleyball players in the UAAP. So kung may itutulong pa tayo why not? Even for a short prayer during that time, it will ease up ‘yung negative vibes coming so iyon ‘yung maitulong ko at that time,” he added.
After Ateneo took down UP in three sets to earn its eighth straight win in nine games on Saturday at the MOA Arena, Molde was on a wheelchair leaving the venue heading into the Philippine General Hospital for check-up.
Almadro was relieved that it seems like it’s just an ankle sprain and no knee injury for Molde.
“I’m happy I guess na hindi naman daw knee something of a sprain I don’t know but we really hope na mild lang talaga and we really want to finish this UAAP season with everybody safe,” he said.
The Lady Eagles coach admitted that his wards also lost focus during their game bothered by the awkward fall of Molde on teammate Mirgie Bautista.
“The players are also bothered with what happened to Isa, so siguro it eats up our mind, our heart, our body rin to move or play with precaution,” Almadro said. “But sabi ko naman sa kanila na we have a mission, we have a purpose and that purpose is to give and to show everybody what we prepared for so we’re happy that we won.”