KATH Arado is ready to take on the lead for University of the East as it seeks to show its vast improvement in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament next year.
After a fruitful season that saw her win two bronze medals and a pair of Best Libero plums with UE and Generika-Ayala in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam and All-Filipino Conference, Arado admitted that she is feeling the pressure of translating her successful preseason to the UAAP.
“Yun nga lumalabas na rin talaga ang pressure kasi siyempre yung expectations (mataas),” Arado said. “Magagampanan ko yung (pagiging leader) kasi malaki ang tiwala ko sa mga teammates ko saka di ko naman magagawa kung anong meron sa akin ngayon kung di rin dahil sa kanila kasi tinutulungan nila ako, saka yung mga coaches ko.”
Arado was fulfilled by every limb-sacrificing save and dive just to keep the ball alive for the Lady Red Warriors and Lifesavers and every back-to-back games she played in one game day at times.
“Hindi ko naman ini-expect na ganito ang mangyayari. Ang gusto lang talaga namin ay mag-compete to the highest level,” she said. “Sa UE, ang goal naman namin is sa UAAP talagang eh tapos sa Generika naman talaga ang goal namin ay pumasok sa semis. Parang nakaka-bless and sobrang thankful sa nangyari.”
After helping Generika-Ayala accomplish its goal of a bronze medal in the PSL, the pride of Iligan City feels that it's a challenging year that awaits UE, whose sweeping of FEU in the Battle for 3rd of Collegiate Grand Slam earning the school’s first podium finish since Season 67 of UAAP.
“Sobrang laking bagay, impact sa team namin and at the same time challenging itong conference na ito,” Arado said. “Kumbaga hindi pa kami ganoon kabuo taposhanggang sa every game nagi-improve, nagma-mature so making bagay ito para pagdating ng UAAP matured na yung way ng pag-iisip namin saka yung galaw buo na.”
Now that the Lady Red Warriors showed that they can win in a major league, the pressure is on for them to prove their worth in the UAAP, where they will battle the other four teams that wil parade their real, full rosters.
“Siyempre yung pressure nandoon naman lagi kahit naman dati nandoon na talaga,” she said. “Siyempre di mawawala ang expectations talaga kasi pare-parehas naman kaming nagti-training, pare-parehas naman kaming nagpapakahirap.”
But for Arado, they just have to embrace the pressure and be mature enough for them to succeed in changing the Lady Red Warriors' reputation in the UAAP.
“Kailangan lang talaga naming i-accept ang pressure na yun para mas mag-mature pa at makuha talaga namin ang goal namin,” Arado said.