MISERY loves company indeed.
On the day University of Santo Tomas formally bowed out of the running for Final Four berths in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament, Tigresses coach Kungfu Reyes wants nothing more than to see his team finish the season on a high note.
To do that, the Tigresses must beat Adamson, which, with a loss, will formally bow out of contention for a place in the Final Four.
National University's win over University of the East eliminated both University of the Philippines (5-8) and University of Sto. Tomas (4-8) from semifinal contention, leaving Adamson, running fifth with a 5-7 record, as the only team that can deny NU (7-6) a Final Four spot.
“Damay-damay na tayo, syempre may mga pride din naman kami,” said Reyes, moments after UST lost to La Salle, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22, on Sunday afternoon.
“Kung ganun ‘yung magiging resulta at talagang madadamay sila sa ma-out sila sa Final Four, hindi naman namin kasalanan yun.”
UST started the season full of hope with Sisi Rondina leading the way for a side that also has Fil-Italian recruit Milena Alessandrini and veterans Dimdim Pacres and Carla Sandoval, who was tasked to fill the void left by the injured EJ Laure.
But the Tigresses absorbed back-to-back setbacks when Alessandrini sat out for four games due to a shoulder injury and libero Rica Rivera missed three games due to a knee injury. A five-game losing streak dented their hopes of making it back to the semis.
Reyes refused to feel down.
“Wala kang pwedeng gawin dun kung hindi tanggapin,” said Reyes. “Minsan nasa taas ka, minsan nasa baba. Ang importante is paano ka babalik, lagi naman kami nasa positive.”