EYA Laure stepped up when needed the most especially after University of Sto. Tomas lost one of its key players.
The rookie displayed her scoring prowess to help the Tigresses string their first back-to-back victories in the UAAP season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.
Laure averaged 17.5 points in the matches against three-time defending champion La Salle and National University and was picked Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week. She was over teammate Sisi Rondina, Ateneo's Kat Tolentino and Far Eastern University's Lycha Ebon and Heather Guino-o by reporters from broadsheet, tabloid and online publications covering the beat.
Coming off a stinging defeat that saw UST lose Fil-Am sophomore hitter Milena Alessandrini to a left knee injury, UST came back to action this week using that as rallying point with Laure leading the charge.
The wing spiker dropped 15 points with 13 coming off attacks while making 17 digs on Wednesday in the Tigresses’ victory over the Lady Spikers, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, their first win over La Salle since Season 78.
“Ako as a rookie po siyempre, parang La Salle is, nasa taas sila. Itong liga na ito, sila yung defending champions. So isang malaking bagay na din, hindi lang sa akin pero sa buong team, yung ma-boost ang confidence namin na, na kaya din namin,” said Laure.
Three days later, she followed it up with another stellar performance in UST’s 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17 victory over the Lady Bulldogs, whose core is composed of Laure’s high school rivals.
Laure scored 20 points with all but one coming off attacks.
However, the freshman was quick to downplay the angle of payback against NU.
“Ano naman, hindi ko naman iniisip nang ganun. Iba naman talaga pag-college, iba ‘yung pinag-uusapan so ‘yung high school, nandoon na iyon, leave it there,” she said.