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    UP Lady Maroons break in Isa Molde slowly in return from ankle injury

    Apr 6, 2019
    PHOTO: dante peralta

    DESPITE playing limited minutes, University of the Philippines star Isa Molde understands the decision of her team to let her be fully recovered first before playing a full-match in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.

    Exactly a week after sustaining a left ankle injury from an awkward landing, Molde played as a service specialist and only had limited minutes in the first and third set of their 21-25, 25-19, 23-25, 22-25 loss to Far Eastern University on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    “Siyempre minemake sure din ng coaches na one hundred percent okay na kasi pag di okay baka may iba pang muscle na ma punit pag pinilit talaga,” Molde said. “Kasi minsan pag pinipilit mo yun may maapektuhan talaga.”

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    The star outside hitter, who sit out on their five-set win over University of the East last Wednesday, didn’t bare the exact status of her injury but she’s happy that UP head coach Godfrey Okumu still fielded her.

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    “Siyempre masaya ako kasi kahit ganun condition ko may tiwala coaches sakin,” Molde said.

    Okumu said that Molde is not yet cleared to play a full game but he hopes that the Season 78 Rookie of the Year would make her comeback against University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan City.

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    “She’s still out we’re hoping that she might have time to play on Wednesday if it all goes well,” Okumu said. “But we have to listen to our PT, I’m not a doctor so I cannot say if she will play or not play.”

    As UP dropped at fifth place with a 6-5 win-loss record, Molde and the Lady Maroons are taking their loss as a huge lesson entering the last three games of the eliminations.

    “Laging sinasabi nila coach na ang mga talo is a learning experience,” Molde said. “Siguro nga doon namin malalaman namin kung san pa ang kaya naming gawin and siguro nga wakeup call na rin para samin.”

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